A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo

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And the next is a few parts that I took away that completely meshes with my views of the meaning of life. Reading this book feels like attending a mini college class with the professor you wish you had as a teacher. Now it has been a while since I had last stepped foot on a campus so I felt I needed to prepare for this book.

Seven short stories by Tolstoy, Chekhov, Turgenev and Gogol to be precise and no, you can’t skip the homework. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. The men admire her beauty even as she does all the work to make them comfortable, highlighting Ivan’s hypocrisy.

But it would be better: “Do not squabble” or “Do not bicker” in a sense like the boys do in a school yard.

I appreciated that Saunders mentioned that Master and Man was Tolstoy’s effort, twenty years later, to make something more artful out of his experience of getting lost in a storm than his initial effort in The Snowstorm (which I then needed to find and read; also adding Hemingway’s Cat in the Rain — to learn how a story’s action can be urgently propelled a paragraph at a time — and revisiting Saunders’ own Victory Lap — to experience how a story’s action can go in directions that surprise even its author; I do love a book that leads me to do further reading off the page. There is so much here that teaches us about the art of the short story form, the marvel of the Russian literary tradition (and Saunders' unquestionable love for it), as well as about living with a genuinely generous heart and open mind.It is obvious the happy person feels this way only because the unhappy ones carry their burden in silence, and without this silence the happiness would be impossible. Years ago, on the phone with Bill Buford, then fiction editor of The New Yorker, enduring a series of painful edits, feeling a little insecure, I went fishing for a compliment: "But what do you like about the story?

 

EAN: a swim in the pond in the rain

 

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