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Book Title: Pieces of Soap|
The author of the book: Stanley Elkin
ISBN 13: 9780671797850
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 827 KB
Edition: Touchstone Books
Date of issue: February 1st 1993
Read full description of the books Pieces of Soap:I like this book.
It is fun to read Stanley's essays.
Sometimes his essays are not about what you thought they might be going to be about. But it's worth it.
He is very smart and uses language very well.
I think that if you think you like William H. Gass's essays that you will like Stanley Elkin's essays.
Some people might get upset because sometimes Stan calls himself a "cripple." But I don't remember if he ever calls himself "Stan."
There is one essay in here which makes it seem that California is a foreign country and if an American visits it, it's like visiting a foreign country where everything is different than from where Stanley is from and there are no grab bars in the hotel bathrooms to help a "cripple" (his word, honest, I would never say that) into the bathtub and that leads to all kinds of shinnanigans (did I spell that right?).
But even if most of the essays are always so repetitively about his having MS (I can't spell multiple sclerosis) I think they're all pretty neat. Like I said, Mr Elkin really knows how to use language to great effect.
And like I said, if you like to read essay collections by really good authors, you really should read Pieces of Soap by Stanley Elkin.
[Joan, whose name gets dropped now and again, you should know, is Stanley's wife]
I think I said it already, but Elkin was friends with William H. Gass and I think that's reason enough to read some books written by Stanley Elkin even though their styles are a little bit different sometimes.
I highly recommend Pieces of Soap by Stanley Elkin for people who like to read creative uses of language, like Enlgish. [I know, it's a weird title for a book, but it will make sense when you read the essay that has the same title. I don't know, maybe it's just Stanley being Stanley]
Read information about the authorStanley Lawrence Elkin was a Jewish American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. His extravagant, satirical fiction revolves around American consumerism, popular culture, and male-female relationships.
During his career, Elkin published ten novels, two volumes of novellas, two books of short stories, a collection of essays, and one (unproduced) screenplay. Elkin's work revolves about American pop culture, which it portrays in innumerable darkly comic variations. Characters take full precedence over plot.
His language throughout is extravagant and exuberant, baroque and flowery, taking fantastic flight from his characters' endless patter. "He was like a jazz artist who would go off on riffs," said critic William Gass. In a review of George Mills, Ralph B. Sipper wrote, "Elkin's trademark is to tightrope his way from comedy to tragedy with hardly a slip."
About the influence of ethnicity on his work Elkin said he admired most "the writers who are stylists, Jewish or not. Bellow is a stylist, and he is Jewish. William Gass is a stylist, and he is not Jewish. What I go for in my work is language."
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