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C and the surprisingAbove all the stories revel in and grapple with the joys and constraints of language achieving always the extraordinary unmatched precision which makes Lydia Davis one of the greatest contemporary writers on the international stage. One of my favorites which I find disturbingly easy to relate to as a person who often engages in solitary futile lashing out at the heavens sessionsThe old vacuum cleaner keeps dying on herover and overuntil at last the cleaning womanscares it by yellingMotherfuckerThis book would normally be the type of thing I would love a bunch of wittle snippies with lots of thoughts conveyed in limited language but there just weren't many that stuck to my guts There were very few longer stories but those mostly dragged except the one about the servant sisters which was exceptional It was good enough though that I feel pretty sure there's a Davis collection out there just for me I am currently accepting suggestions

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Can't and Won't is the new collection from Lydia Davis one of the greatest short story writers aliveLydia Davis has been universally acclaimed for the wit insight and genre defying formal inventiveness of her sparkling storiesWith titles like 'A Story. 3 stars My first LD– didn't really leave the best impression It's the kind of book that gets published on the strength of a writer's already solid reputationA mixed bag– lots of meh some pretty impressive stories esp those translatedexpanded upon from FlaubertHer prose is sharp shines in stories like The Dog Hair the Reversible Story but the voice that comes across in Eating Fish Alone The dreadful Mucamas is highly annoying almost analWhat passes here for Stories are basically writing exercises observations mood pieces prose haiku kind of thing Most of the stories seem to be coming from her own life for example Letter to a Frozen Peas Manufacturer forms part of a correspondence that Davis had with the company of Green Giant brand of frozen products hence those readers who care about the authorial voice will be very put off by the uptight at times whiny voice alternating with the supercilious look at me ain't I a genius kind of vibe hereA typical example of both writerly excellence readerly bafflement would be the story The Cows now in Mr Palomar Italo Calvino describes the underside of a gecko as seen from the room of the titular character's upper window in a couple of brisk paragraphs makes it seem like the amazing mystery of Creation Here Ms Davis is clearly delighting in the writerly process but it seems like a challenge set for creative writing students– Here you have to write on a couple of donkeys doing the things donkeys usually do now give it your best shot Something like thatHere's a sample view spoiler The CowsEach new day when they come out from the far side of the barn it is like the next act or the start of an entirely new playThey amble into view from the far side of the barn with their rhythmic graceful walk and it is an occasion like the start of a paradeSometimes the second and third come out in stately procession after the first has stopped and stands still staringThey come from behind the barn as though something is going to happen and then nothing happensOr we pull back the curtain in the morning and they are already there in the early sunlightThey are a deep inky black It is a black that swallows lightTheir bodies are entirely black but they have white on their faces On the faces of two of them there are large patches of white like a mask On the face of the third there is only a small patch on the forehead the size of a silver dollarThey are motionless until they move again one foot and then another—fore hind fore hind—and stop in another place motionless againSo often they are standing completely still Yet when I look up again a few minutes later they are in another place again standing completely stillWhen they all three stand bunched together in a far corner of the field by the woods they form one dark irregular mass with twelve legsThey are often crowded together in the large field But sometimes they lie down far apart from one another evenly spaced over the grassToday two appear halfway out from behind the barn standing still Ten minutes go by Now they are all the way out standing still Another ten minutes go by Now the third is out and they are all three in a line standing stillThe third comes out into the field from behind the barn when the other two have already chosen their spots uite far apart She can choose to join either one She goes deliberately to the one in the far corner Does she prefer the company of that cow or does she prefer that corner or is it complicated—that that corner seems appealing because of the presence of that cowTheir attention is complete as they look across the road They are still and face usJust because they are so still their attitude seems philosophicalI see them most often out the kitchen window over the top of a hedge My view of them is bounded on either side by leafy trees I am surprised that the cows are so often visible because the portion of the hedge over which I see them is only about three feet long and even puzzling if I hold my arm straight out in front of me the field of my vision in which they are grazing is only the length of half a finger Yet that field of vision contains a part of their grazing field that is hundreds of suare feet in areaThat one’s legs are moving but because she is facing us directly she seems to be staying in one place Yet she is getting bigger so she must be coming this wayOne of them is in the foreground and two are farther back in the middle ground between her and the woods In my field of vision they occupy together in the middle ground the same amount of space she occupies alone in the foregroundBecause there are three one of them can watch what the other two are doing togetherOr because there are three two can worry about the third for instance the one lying down They worry about her even though she often lies down even though they all often lie down Now the two worried ones stand at angles to the other with their noses down against her until at last she gets upThey are nearly the same size and yet one is the largest one the middle sized and one the smallestOne thinks there is a reason to walk briskly to the far corner of the field but another thinks there is no reason and stands still where she isAt first she stands still where she is while the first walks away briskly but then she changes her mind and follows hide spoiler Nous, citoyens d'Europe : Les Frontières, l'Etat, le peuple one Carrelage de sol et mural of the greatest short story writers aliveLydia Davis has been universally acclaimed for the wit insight and genre defying formal inventiveness La maison à ossature bois par les schémas: Manuel de construction visuel. of her sparkling storiesWith titles like 'A Story. 3 stars My first LD– didn't really leave the best impression It's the kind Histoire et tradition des Européens : 30 000 ans d'identité of book that gets published L'Europe et le mythe de l'Occident on the strength La construction européenne est-elle irréversible ? of a writer's already solid reputationA mixed bag– lots LES DEUX SCANDALES DE PANAMA. of meh some pretty impressive stories esp those translatedexpanded upon from FlaubertHer prose is sharp shines in stories like The Dog Hair the Reversible Story but the voice that comes across in Eating Fish Alone The dreadful Mucamas is highly annoying almost analWhat passes here for Stories are basically writing exercises Les éléments des projets de construction - 11e édition observations mood pieces prose haiku kind Technologie fonctionnelle de l'automobile - Tome 1 - 7e éd. - Le moteur et ses auxiliaires of thing Most Traité de construction en terre of the stories seem to be coming from her Technologie fonctionnelle de l'automobile - Tome 2 - 7e éd. own life for example Letter to a Frozen Peas Manufacturer forms part La décomposition des nations européennes : De l'union euro-atlantique à l'Etat mondial of a correspondence that Davis had with the company L'Europe a-t-elle un avenir ? : Une approche critique de la construction européenne of Green Giant brand Le nouveau défi européen of frozen products hence those readers who care about the authorial voice will be very put Le passage à l'Europe: Histoire d'un commencement off by the uptight at times whiny voice alternating with the supercilious look at me ain't I a genius kind Construction de maisons à ossature bois, Conforme à la RT 2012 of vibe hereA typical example L'Europe, une chance pour les femmes ?: Le genre de la construction européenne of both writerly excellence readerly bafflement would be the story The Cows now in Mr Palomar Italo Calvino describes the underside Construction bois : L'Eurocode 5 par l'exemple, le dimensionnement des barres et des assemblages en 30 applications of a gecko as seen from the room Conduire son chantier en 70 fiches pratiques: Mise au point du dossier marché de travaux - Préparation et organisation du chantier of the titular character's upper window in a couple Plaques de plâtre avec ou sans isolation: 157 fiches-16 étapes-173 schémas. Plafonds, habillages, cloisons, doublages, parois de gaines techniques of brisk paragraphs makes it seem like the amazing mystery Tuyauterie industrielle : Aide-mémoire of Creation Here Ms Davis is clearly delighting in the writerly process but it seems like a challenge set for creative writing students– Here you have to write Memotech installations sanitaires et thermiques - édition 2016 on a couple Le colombage, mode d'emploi : Lire et décrire le pan de bois, Diagnostiquer les désordres of donkeys doing the things donkeys usually do now give it your best shot Something like thatHere's a sample view spoiler The CowsEach new day when they come Premiers pas en BIM: L'essentiel en 100 pages out from the far side Guide des sciences et technologies industrielles of the barn it is like the next act Construction artisanale d'escaliers en bois or the start Mémoires of an entirely new playThey amble into view from the far side Le mémento du conducteur de travaux: Préparation et suivi de chantier pour les marchés publics et privés. of the barn with their rhythmic graceful walk and it is an Calcul des ouvrages géotechniques selon l'Eurocode 7 occasion like the start La Citoyenneté européenne of a paradeSometimes the second and third come Une Europe pour la paix. déclaration de Robert Schuman, Quai d'Orsay, 9 mai 1950 out in stately procession after the first has stopped and stands still staringThey come from behind the barn as though something is going to happen and then nothing happensOr we pull back the curtain in the morning and they are already there in the early sunlightThey are a deep inky black It is a black that swallows lightTheir bodies are entirely black but they have white BIM pour le maître d'ouvrage: Comment passer à l'action on their faces On the faces Grammaire des civilisations (Champs Histoire) of two L'Europe difficile: Histoire politique de la construction européenne of them there are large patches Europe: bon mythe mauvaise marque of white like a mask On the face Aide-mémoire Mécanique des structures - 2e éd. - Résistance des matériaux - IUT-Licence-Master of the third there is La construction comment ça marche?: Toutes les techniques de la construction en images only a small patch Nouveaux combats pour l'Europe 1995-2002. Un aveuglement suicidaire, Pour une autre Europe on the forehead the size Faire construire sa maison - 2e éd. - Toutes les étapes pour faire les bons choix of a silver dollarThey are motionless until they move again Histoire de l'Union européenne : Fondations, élargissements, avenir one foot and then another—fore hind fore hind—and stop in another place motionless againSo Le passage à l'Europe. Histoire d'un commencement (Bibliothèque des Idées) often they are standing completely still Yet when I look up again a few minutes later they are in another place again standing completely stillWhen they all three stand bunched together in a far corner Penser et construire l'Europe au XXe siècle of the field by the woods they form L’Identité de la France (Tome 1) - Espace et histoire (Champs Histoire t. 815) one dark irregular mass with twelve legsThey are Minorités et régionalismes dans l'Europe fédérale des Régions: Enquête sur le plan allemand qui va bouleverser l'Europe often crowded together in the large field But sometimes they lie down far apart from L'Europe de Jean Monnet one another evenly spaced La Grande dissimulation: Histoire secrète de l'UE over the grassToday two appear halfway Histoire de l'unification européenne out from behind the barn standing still Ten minutes go by Now they are all the way Brexit : How Britain Left Europe out standing still Another ten minutes go by Now the third is 50 notions clés sur l'Europe pour les Nuls out and they are all three in a line standing stillThe third comes Bordeaux : Au-delà des Chartrons: L'Âme des Peuples out into the field from behind the barn when the PREPARATION AUX CONCOURS ADMINISTRATIFS 2019 - 2020: La construction européenne, L’Europe Economique et Monétaire et les politiques communes de l'Union Européenne other two have already chosen their spots uite far apart She can choose to join either Europe : la grande liquidation démocratique one She goes deliberately to the Etat de l'Union 2019: Rapport Schuman sur l'Europe (Lignes de repères) one in the far corner Does she prefer the company Mémoires of that cow L'Europe frigide : Réflexions sur un projet inachevé or does she prefer that corner Histoire des peuples de l'ex-URSS du IXe siècle à nos jours or is it complicated—that that corner seems appealing because 50 notions clés sur l'Europe pour les Nuls of the presence L'Europe a-t-elle un avenir ? of that cowTheir attention is complete as they look across the road They are still and face usJust because they are so still their attitude seems philosophicalI see them most Histoire de la chute de l'Empire Romain et du déclin de la civilisation: Premium Ebook - Édition intégrale (Tome I-II) often Ossatures métalliques: Maisons individuelles, bâtiments résidentiels, locaux industriels et bureaux. En application du PR NF DTU 32.3. out the kitchen window De Vichy à la Communauté européenne over the top Cet étrange Monsieur Monnet: Biographie of a hedge My view Sols chaux et terre cuite, mode d'emploi. Diagnostics, formulations et préconisations. Mise en oeuvre de dalles. Mise en oeuvre de chapes. Pose de revêtements en terre cuite. of them is bounded Mémoires (Histoire Contemporaine) on either side by leafy trees I am surprised that the cows are so Manuel de l'étude de prix: Entreprises du BTP. Contexte - Cours - Etudes de cas - Exercices résolus often visible because the portion Etat de l'Union 2018 : Rapport Schuman sur l'Europe of the hedge Chapes et dalles: Préparation du support, mise en oeuvre, points singuliers over which I see them is Dicobat visuel : Dictionnaire illustré du bâtiment only about three feet long and even puzzling if I hold my arm straight Vocabulaire illustré de la construction - Français - Anglais: Illustrated vocabulary of construction out in front Descriptifs et CCTP de projets de construction: Manuel pour comprendre, analyser, organiser et décrire. of me the field Histoire de la construction européenne de 1945 à nos jours of my vision in which they are grazing is CULTURE EUROPEENNE OU EUROPE DES CULTURES ?: Les enjeux actuels de la politique culturelle en Europe only the length L’Identité de la France (Tome 2) - Les hommes et les choses I (Champs Histoire t. 871) of half a finger Yet that field Suisse : L'invention d'une nation: L'Âme des Peuples of vision contains a part Histoire de l'Europe monétaire (Repères t. 250) of their grazing field that is hundreds Maçonnerie de pierre: Matériaux et techniques, désordres et interventions of suare feet in areaThat La construction européenne one’s legs are moving but because she is facing us directly she seems to be staying in Nuremberg face à l'histoire one place Yet she is getting bigger so she must be coming this wayOne La bataille de Lépante: L'expansion ottomane mise à mal par les chrétiens of them is in the foreground and two are farther back in the middle ground between her and the woods In my field Histoire des blancs of vision they Introduction à l'histoire de notre temps, t. 2. Le (2) occupy together in the middle ground the same amount Vent glacial sur Sarajevo of space she Histoire des révolutions occupies alone in the foregroundBecause there are three Les grands vaincus de l'histoire one Une histoire du Troisième Reich of them can watch what the Histoire militaire de la France other two are doing togetherOr because there are three two can worry about the third for instance the Considérations sur Hitler (Tempus t. 637) one lying down They worry about her even though she Nouvelle histoire de la France contemporaine, tome 12 : Victoire et frustrations (1914-1929) often lies down even though they all U-564 : Au coeur d'une mission du Korvettenkapitän Teddy Suhren often lie down Now the two worried Le Code d'Esther ones stand at angles to the 39-45 Les dossiers oubliés: La face cachée de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale (JOURDAN (EDITIO) other with their noses down against her until at last she gets upThey are nearly the same size and yet D'Amérique en Europe. Quand les indiens découvraient l'ancien monde (1493-1892) one is the largest Histoire de la Géorgie one the middle sized and Des anglais dans la résistance. Le SOE en France, 1940-1944 (Texto) one the smallestOne thinks there is a reason to walk briskly to the far corner Ecrits historiques de combat of the field but another thinks there is no reason and stands still where she isAt first she stands still where she is while the first walks away briskly but then she changes her mind and follows hide spoiler

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Of Stolen Salamis' 'Letters to a Frozen Pea Manufacturer' 'A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates' and 'Can't and Won't' the stories in this new collection illuminate particular moments in ordinary lives and find in them the humorous the ironi. I'm calling a case of the Emperor has no clothes I am amazed at the number of 4 and 5 star reviews of this people calling it brilliant 20 something pages of descriptions of cows walking and standing 5 pages of lines from obituaries The interminable Letter to the Foundation I forced myself to slog through this thinking it had to get better or that at some point a light bulb would go on and I'd get it but I don't think there's anything to get I have never read Lydia Davis before but I've heard of her and gathered that this book is meant to be Great Literature Maybe some of her work is and I'm willing to try something else but I've written shopping lists interesting than the stories in this book Souvenirs : 1859-1871 of Chocolates' and 'Can't and Won't' the stories in this new collection illuminate particular moments in 1812 : La campagne tragique de Napoléon en Russie ordinary lives and find in them the humorous the ironi. I'm calling a case Les Trois Cents Jours de Napoléon à l'île d'Elbe of the Emperor has no clothes I am amazed at the number Joséphine : vie de l'impératrice of 4 and 5 star reviews Mémoires inédits: Les Cahiers Rouges of this people calling it brilliant 20 something pages La Moskowa - Borodino- La bataille des Redoutes of descriptions Napoléon III et Franceschini Pietri of cows walking and standing 5 pages La commune de Paris par ceux qui l'ont vécue of lines from Surcouf obituaries The interminable Letter to the Foundation I forced myself to slog through this thinking it had to get better Alfred Dreyfus :Cinq années de ma vie : 1894-1899 or that at some point a light bulb would go L'art militaire de Napoléon on and I'd get it but I don't think there's anything to get I have never read Lydia Davis before but I've heard Louis Napoléon le Grand (Littérature) of her and gathered that this book is meant to be Great Literature Maybe some Journal intégral - 1815-1818 of her work is and I'm willing to try something else but I've written shopping lists interesting than the stories in this book

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