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Two’s Company by Jonathan Franzen

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on December 28, 2010
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I have had Jonathan Frazen on my TBR (To be read) for a long time.  So, when I saw John’s review of the short story, Two’s Company, I knew I had to read it.  Though not all authors have the special talent to write a good short story, I find they can be a good introduction to “new to me” authors.

Paul and Pam are a successful comedy writing couple who have won Emmys.  They are known as a very loving couple and have even been profiled in magazines as such.
They are hired to write a romantic comedy movie.  As they work on the movie script together, their true colors start to unfold.  It turns out they aren’t the romantic and loving couple everybody has pegged them as.
This story seems to be a kind of spoof on the Three Company’s writers from the 70’s.  Remember that show?  Yeah, I wish I didn’t remember it either.  In fact, I’m gagging right now, thinking of it. LOL!  The ending of this story could of been better however, I agree with John, it’s a fun story.  I hope to read more Franzen soon.

You can read Two’s Company at The New Yorker.

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The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on December 20, 2010
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First published in 1892 in the New England Magazine, The Yellow Wallpaper is said by many to be Charlotte Perkins Gilman best short story.  This is the first story I have read by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.  If her other shorts are only half as good as The Yellow Wallpaper, I want to read them all.

Narrated in the first person by an un-named woman, The Yellow Wallpaper delves into the woman’s post-partum depression.  Her husband, John takes her to a rented summer home, where she is kept in a roon with yellow wallpaper, that use to be a nursery.  Her husband/doctor prescribed total rest without any stimulation what so ever.  She is not even allowed to see her baby.
The woman thinks that some work, going outside, and meeting with friends would help her but her husband will not allow it.  So the woman goes about stimulating herself by staring at the ugly yellow wall paper for hours at a time.  She notices different patterns and shapes where the wallpaper has torn away from the wall and eventually she sees that there is a woman trapped in the wallpaper.
Total rest and no stimulation was the prescription for postpartum depression and depression for women back then. Both were viewed by men as “in the woman’s head” rather than an actual disease.  Luckily things have changed.  Now exercise other stimulating activities are seen as very beneficial.
This is a gem of a story.  It’s very deep and contemplative and explores the treatment of women.  Ms. Gilman had trouble getting anyone to publish it at first.  I would guess that it dug a little too deeply into woman’s issues.  Highly recommended.  You can read it here.

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The End of the Ice Age by Terence Young

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on December 13, 2010
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The End of The Ice Age is Terence Young’s second short story collection. If the first collection is anywhere near as good as this one, I must read it. I find most short story collects to be very uneven, some really good stories and some not so good or even terrible. There was only one story in this collection I didn’t like, ‘Rumours of Human Sacrifice’. To be honest, I didn’t really get the point of it. Perhaps a discussion with my Book Club would help?
The rest of the stories were quite strong. Back in October, I reviewed one story in this collection, ‘That Time of Year.’ You can read my review of it here. Reading many of the stories took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride. Never sentimental but very moving, Young wrote of different life circumstances which included people from young to old.

The majority of the stories took place here, in Canada. After all, Young lives here, in British Columbia. I love how he captured the landscape while telling such dark stories. These stories will be in my thoughts for a long time to come, perhaps a lifetime.

Terence Young has published four books before this one and all four have been nominated for various awards. I can see why. Terence Young is a author whose work is not to be missed.
Thanks to the Vancouver Public Library for circulating such a great selection of great books, including this one.
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