The Palace Thief is a collection of four novellas - each written in a different voice, with the eponymous story being my favorite. I wish I could describe why I liked this collection of stories more clearly, but you're just going to have to trust me on this one. The page will be blank when I finish. While some of the stories in this collection are better than others, the book is still an incredibly impressive accomplishment for the then-28-year-old author. In fact, I would go so far as to say great.
Penney's, Los Angeles, and when I went to get her I considered leaving her at the security desk. The only problem is that some stories soar and others merely have the language going for them. Canin's subsequent books include The Palace Thief 1994 , a collection of stories that appeared in Esquire, Granta and The Paris Review; the novel Blue River 1991 ; and For Kings and Planets 1998. Obviously I do read to find stories that resonate with me, but I also enjoy some escape, so perhaps this just isn't the right time for me to appreciate this collection. But I bought it library book sale, used book store? Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading.
It can certainly be read this way, but I think that the message of the story is simpler and more general: the tree is a reflection of the narrator himself, who in it being cut down sees his own death. As far as the substance of his stories. But I bought it library book sale, used book store? Normally, I wouldn't have started to read a book which seemed to suspiciously be a set of short stories meant to 'move' me. Sam Beckett that he's completely satisfied with; and, towards that end , she insists that the first step is house hunting. A man should go out swinging an axe.
He is a simple poet of domestic fiction. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. Technically, they are perfect, well written little hunks of fiction. And it boggles one how a 27-year-old did this. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. Last one to the coffee shop is a doctor. He attended and earned an in English.
Whatever you want it to be. These stories will break your heart with their beauty. Penney's, Los Angeles, and when I went to get her I considered leaving her at the security desk. I think, in retrospect, it would have been best to have spread out the reading instead of reading it in a day and a half. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. I mean, I'll be using it. The author mostly writes from the point of view of a young man -- which he was at the time of the writing -- but also pulls off older and female narrators fairly well.
All I can say is that his Emperor of the Air short stories Ethan Canin America America must be a Mensa guy. And there are three or four stand out stories of gentle revelation or non-revelation in the lives of Californian middle class couples or old men or boys becoming men. I first read it in 1992, I think in a creative writing class, about 21 or 22. Now I stand by myself in our kitchen in the middle of the night; now I lead a secret life. Normally, I wouldn't have fallen for a title like that unless it was a fantasy book. Published this in Esquire and concentrated on doctor school at the same time? It doesn't feel like a complete story and the theme or point seems a little too obscure to me.
Each character is so imperfectly real that I have a hard time believing Canin hasn't been each person himself in order to know what it is like. And there are three or four stand out stories of gentle revelation or non-revelation in the lives of Californian middle class couples or old men or boys becoming men. In his spare time he is very slowly remodeling two old houses, one in the woods of northern Michigan and the other in Iowa City, where he lives with his wife, their three children, and four chickens. Now I stand by myself in our kitchen in the middle of the night; now I lead a secret life. He knows what he's doing. This makes you empathize with them to the point that the tiniest dilemma in their lives leads to feelings of empathy. I would say that this being his first collection shows, and that other themes, particularly those related to family, show as well.
But I will say I thought it brought the story to a touching denouement that made reading the novel quite worthwhile. At one time, yes—in rages and torrents. I find that the tendency to cram some epiphany into each brief episode tends to strain credulity. It was published some time ago by someone I am not familiar with. Characters vary in age but their feelings seem to be expressed by someone who has actually felt them. The normal pH of lakes and streams for instance, is between six and eight and when acid rain merges with water it begins to lower its pH level What Is Acid Rain. Air pollution is a problem because there are many different factors that air pollution can ruin.