E.L. Doctorow
Sweet Land Stories
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Sweet Land Stories One of America s premier writers the bestselling author of Ragtime Billy Bathgate The Book of Daniel and World s Fair turns his astonishing narrative powers to the short story in five dazzling exp

  • Title: Sweet Land Stories
  • Author: E.L. Doctorow
  • ISBN: 9780812971774
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of America s premier writers, the bestselling author of Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, The Book of Daniel, and World s Fair turns his astonishing narrative powers to the short story in five dazzling explorations of who we are as a people and how we live.Ranging over the American continent from Alaska to Washington, D.C these superb short works are crafted with all the weigOne of America s premier writers, the bestselling author of Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, The Book of Daniel, and World s Fair turns his astonishing narrative powers to the short story in five dazzling explorations of who we are as a people and how we live.Ranging over the American continent from Alaska to Washington, D.C these superb short works are crafted with all the weight and resonance of the novels for which E L Doctorow is famous You will find yourself set down in a mysterious redbrick townhouse in rural Illinois A House on the Plains , working things out with a baby kidnapping couple in California Baby Wilson , living on a religious cult commune in Kansas Walter John Harmon , and sharing the heartrending cross country journey of a young woman navigating her way through three bad marriages to a kind of bruised but resolute independence Jolene A Life And in the stunning Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden, you will witness a special agent of the FBI finding himself at a personal crossroads while investigating a grave breach of White House security Two of these stories have already won awards as the best fiction of the year published in American periodicals, and two have been chosen for annual best story anthologies Composed in a variety of moods and voices, these remarkable portrayals of the American spiritual landscape show a modern master at the height of his powers.

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    1. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

      Sweet Land Stories, E.L. Doctorowعنوانها: قصه های سرزمین دوست داشتنی؛ خانه ای در دشت؛ داستانهای سرزمین دوست داشتنی؛ نویسنده: ای.ال. دکتروف؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یازدهم ماه سپتامبر سال 2016 میلادیعنوان: خانه ای در دشت؛ نویسنده: ای.ال. دکتروف؛ مترجم: مهرشید متولی؛ انتشارات ترگمان، 1389؛ در 178 ص، شاب [...]

    2. میلاد کامیابیان says:

      غصه‌های سرزمینِ دوست‌نداشتنیمیلاد کامیابیان۱خلاصه اول‌بار که آدم اسمِ کتاب را می‌شنود،‌ شکّش می‌برد مبادا اشتباهی پیش آمده باشد. ای. ال. داکترو (همان دُکُتروفِ سابقِ خودمان) و «قصه‌های سرزمینِ دوست‌داشتنی»؟ عجبا. بعد، کم‌کمک به صرافت می‌افتد که نویسنده‌ی رگتایم و بیل [...]

    3. Arwen56 says:

      Io non ho ben capito perché si parli di “fallimento del sogno americano” riferendosi a questa raccolta di racconti. A mio modesto avviso, il fallimento che Doctorow ci mostra sta nelle persone in sé, non nel “sogno”. Anche se i personaggi fossero tutti nati e cresciuti a Timbuctù, sarebbe stato lo stesso, sia pur con modalità differenti. Semmai, direi che è un’attenta e riuscita panoramica di quanti insidiosi motivi esistano per sprecare la propria vita e di come sia facile illude [...]

    4. Astraea says:

      دکتروف عالی تر از این حرف هاست.نویسنده فوق العاده ای هستهیچ چیز خطرناک تر از یک آدم بدون اعتماد به نفس نیست .

    5. says:

      قصه‌های سرزمینِ دوست‌داشتنی / ادگار لارنس داکترو / تهران: چشمه، چاپِ اول 1393 داستان‌های امریکایی – قرن 20م«علی‌رضا کیوانی‌نژاد»، در «مقدمه‌ی مترجم» با اشاره به نقلِ قولی از «فرناندو پِسو»، نویسنده‌ی پرتغالی، که: «نمی‌توان روشنفکر بود اما چون مشغولِ تهیه‌ی کاتالوگِ یک مو [...]

    6. Frederick Bingham says:

      A collection of short stories by E. L. Doctorow. The most memorable one is Child, Dead in the Rose Garden. It is about an 8-year-old child who is found dead in the Rose Garden after a ceremony. An FBI agent tries to find out how the child got there, who he was and what killed him. The trail eventually leads back to one of the President's big contributors in Texas. The child belonged to one of his gardeners. The whole thing is hushed up and covered up by White House political operatives who don't [...]

    7. Melody says:

      Sweet Land Stories is a collection about the myth of the American Dream: the people who abuse it, the people who awake from it, the people who continue to believe in it long after it has failed them. Unbound, these are stories one might not think to gather together, but they make a surprising sense together. They resonate in unexpected ways, particularly in the ways each story asks questions about the nature of power, the impossibility of outrunning the past, and the belief that children can hel [...]

    8. J says:

      For some reason, E.L. Doctor always makes me think it's going to be some stuffy old person book. I don't know how I got that impression, I don't know where I got that impression, and I don't know how many of his books I've read before and so should be able to shake that impression, but it persists. It's a weird mental tic because Doctorow is deeply weird, wild, surreal, and funny all in one go while writing about our not-so-recent past and years preceding. This collection of four short to long s [...]

    9. NancyHelen says:

      I think it is always difficult to review books of short stories because each and every story is so different. This collection seems to give a sweeping snapshot of aspects of the USA, including political cover-ups, religious cultism, bigamy, teenage decline and crime. It was a really interesting in that each story was written in such a succinct, matter-of-fact way, as if it were all normal and all unremarkable. To the extent that none of the stories raised the kind of ire you would have thought t [...]

    10. Jolene says:

      Saw the movie "Jolene" which was based on the short story in this book. An interseting array of short stories based on life in America.

    11. Robin Friedman says:

      Doctorow's Sweet LandI read and enjoyed Doctorow's current historical novel of Sherman's march, "The March," and wanted to read more. Doctorow's "Sweet Land Stories" (2004) lacks the sweep of his Civil War novel. But it excels in its picture of American down-and-outers, loners, losers, grifters, and wanderers. It includes short but unforgettable scenes of a varied and almost timeless America, in rural Illinois, Chicago, Alaska, a religious commune, Las Vegas, and elsewhere.The book consists of f [...]

    12. Dylan Perry says:

      2.5While not terrible, I didn't find any of the stories in this to be as particularly memorable or entertaining as Doctorow's last story collection, Lives of the Poets, which was one of the best collections I have read. These didn't have the same addictive quality, and to be honest I'm hard-pressed to remember much of what happened in any of them, save for the first story, "A House on the Plains." It's the saving grace of the five stories. But even then it barely holds this collection up. You ca [...]

    13. Bonnie says:

      None of the stories were sweet, they were all pretty dark and disturbing. I really liked them all except the last story. It was very strange and confusing.his insight into the lives of others is uncanny.

    14. Stephen says:

      One of the best set of short stories I've ever read.

    15. Simon Mcleish says:

      Originally published on my blog here in July 2007.Sweet Land Stories is a collection of five short(ish) stories, all but the last published in the New Yorker in the first few years of this decade. In order, A House on the Plains describes a young man's discovery that his mother is a serial killer, enticing men to a midwest farm to kill and rob them; Baby Wilson is told from the point of view of the boyfriend of a young woman who steals a child from a hospital; Jolene: A Life describes the disast [...]

    16. Bruno says:

      A House on the Plains ***Baby Wilson *****Jolene: A Life ***Walter John Harmon *****Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden ***

    17. Diana Long says:

      51. Referenced as a book about the American Dream, not my idea of the term. His stories in this book are creative and highly enjoyable.

    18. Alex Snellgrove says:

      This is a collection of 5 short stories that at first seem to have been written by 5 different people, the author managing to inhabit the world of his characters to an extraordinary degree. The first two are narrated in a very informal US vernacular which appear to date from the mid-1900s and it's a shock to realise how recently they were first published (early 2000s). They are creepy and the characters are marginal (let's be honest - criminal) and they are completely astonishing. The next, abou [...]

    19. Patrick says:

      E.L. Doctorow's "Sweet Land Stories," presents us with a side of rural America that is rarely witnessed firsthand, but that we all know exists. It is a realm of problematic rationalization:"This newborn baby, whom we have stolen from another couple, will be safer and healthier with us""My mother is justified in marrying and subsequently killing rich foreign men and keeping their money""This man is so idiotically cocky and financially successful that I'm sure he'll make a great husband and father [...]

    20. Cat. says:

      Well. Five stories. Not uniformly bleak. Well, actually, yes they are. Don't read these to cheer up.Read them if you want to see a well-constructed story. "A House on the Plains" begins with a mother and son departing Chicago for a house outside the city (sounds like now it would be around Aurora, in the middle of another city, but anyway). It's only very slowly that you realize that this happy family is not your and my kind of happy family. At least I hope not! "Jolene: A Life" is grindingly sa [...]

    21. Vikki Marshall says:

      Doctorow is one of America’s great storytellers and in this collection of short stories he takes us from Washington D.C. to Alaska on a whirlwind tour of life in the cracks of America. His characters are flawed, even at times seemingly unlovable, but Doctorow brings up a richness and density that exists within the imperfection of life. We meet mother and son con-artists, a baby-stealing couple, the lives on a fundamentalist religious commune, an FBI agent deciphering an abandoned body in the R [...]

    22. Bookmarks Magazine says:

      Each critic professes great respect for Doctorow, who, at age 73 and many awards later, has earned it. However, there the split begins. Many critics hail these stories, four of which were published previously in The New Yorker, as an achievement that perfectly captures the American nation's mood, its aberrant characters, and dark underbelly. But others dismiss the book as a slim, shallow effort that does not live up to Doctorow's past work. Common complaints? "A House on the Plains" doesn't fit [...]

    23. Colleen says:

      This book is a collection of short stories I found in search of the novella "Jolene", which is now a major motion picture as well. Ironically, I did not care for "Jolene", but really enjoyed the other short stories in this book. The first story, "A House on the Plains", was right up my alley and was very enjoyable! A slim volume, this is a good start for those not sure if they are really into short stories and would like to have the quality of a good collection of short stories without the lengt [...]

    24. Amanda says:

      I love Doctorow's stories in themselves; they travel and twist along as real life downs but darker than most of us will ever thankfully live. My only issue is that he has the pretentious need to deny the tenants of syntax and grammar--he has "learned the rules" and now he can break them. It distracts me from time to time but the stories themselves make up for it. Jolene: A Life, is by far the best short story I have ever read.

    25. Elizabeth says:

      I generally don't enjoy short stores because I don't feel that they do quite as well with character development, which is what makes fiction fun for me. However, Doctorow rights incredibly well and thus succeeds in making you like the characters even in these brief stories. Unlike many of the previous reviewers, I actually liked the first three stories far more than the popular last two - to each his/her own, I guess.

    26. Grady Ormsby says:

      "Sweet Land Stories" is a collection of five short stories by E.L. Doctorow. The range of diversity in human personality is infinite. Doctorow certainly comes up with an interesting range of his own in this collection. Eccentric, unusual, quirky, strong, strange, diverse.My favorite line from all the stories is, "His real father was in the state penitentiary with no parole for the same reason his mother was in the burial ground behind the First Baptist Church."

    27. Jennifer says:

      Sweet Land Stories is a collection of short stories that are set all around the US. Doctorow is very skillful with words and has crafted a compelling set of stories. More bleak than "sweet", the stories look into the souls of seemingly average characters. Each story twists and turns, drawing the reader in and then spitting them out somewhere unexpected. While the creepiest for me was probably "Walter John Harmon", my favorite was the last in the set - "Child, Dead in the Rose Garden."

    28. Era says:

      These were well written interesting short stories that always left me thinking about the characters and the plot. Sometimes I had to take a minute to try and understand what exactly was going on because the plots were also a little bit ambiguous and they made you think, not much as given to you straightforward. The last story "Child, dead, in the Rose Garden" gave me goosebumps at the end.

    29. Joel says:

      I've only read two Doctorow novels (one was okay, one I was bored with) but these short stories are amazing. The writing is brilliant and the characters are really interesting. Baby Wilson and House on the Plains are my favorites. The only downside to this book is that there are only six stories. I wish he'd write more short fiction!

    30. Jim says:

      The title of this collection of five short stories belies their nature. These are hard stories about the dysfunctional, the felonious, and the damned. I didn't especially like the first three stories, but the last two -- "Walter John Harmon" and "Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden" -- are really good, especially "Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden."

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