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by Paul Auster

  • ISBN: 0571210708
  • Author: Paul Auster
  • ePub ver: 1502 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 491
  • Publisher: Gardners Books; New Ed edition (September 30, 2002)
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  • Category: History
  • Subcategory: Americas
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Paul Auster's collection of American voices, True Tales of American Life, makes compulsive reading. This is extraordinary.

Paul Auster's collection of American voices, True Tales of American Life, makes compulsive reading. Paul Auster, asked if he would contribute stories to America's NPR (its classy but radically underfunded ad-free radio station), decided instead to let the listeners tell theirs. He wanted "stories that defied our expectations about the world, anecdotes that revealed the mysterious and unknowable forces at work in our lives, in our family histories, in our minds and bodies, in our souls". Or, to put it more succinctly, "true stories that sounded like fiction".

Auster acknowledges that few of the tales could properly be described as literature. Sometimes, the writing is flat, occasionally, a good story is spoilt by self-consciousness and several incidents evidently have more significance for the author that it has been possible to communicate. But on the whole, the writers' belief in the vitality of their stories is enough to carry you through to the last word.

Chosen by Paul Auster out of the four thousand stories submitted to his radio programme on National Public Radio . The resultant anthology is both an enduring hymn to the strange everyday of contemporary American life and a masterclass in the art of storytelling.

Chosen by Paul Auster out of the four thousand stories submitted to his radio programme on National Public Radio, these 180 stories provide a wonderful portrait of America in the twentieth century. The requirement for selection was that each of the stories should be true, and each of the writers should not have been previously published.

Paul Benjamin Auster (born February 3, 1947) is an American writer and film director

Paul Benjamin Auster (born February 3, 1947) is an American writer and film director. His notable works include The New York Trilogy (1987), Moon Palace (1989), The Music of Chance (1990), The Book of Illusions (2002), The Brooklyn Follies (2005), Invisible (2009), Sunset Park (2010), Winter Journal (2012), and 4 3 2 1 (2017).

Paul Auster’s astonishing anthology … Where truth and beauty conflict or compete, Auster has opted for elegance of. .Great book to pick up and put down - the tales are all interesting - such a variety of locations, occurrences and emotions, and every page takes you to a different place.

Paul Auster’s astonishing anthology … Where truth and beauty conflict or compete, Auster has opted for elegance of form, or measure of performability. - Sunday Herald, December 2001. This is writing at its very finest - done by a bunch of amateurs. Everyone I have given this book has bought copies for other people in turn.

Auster, Paul, 1947-; Reifler, Nelly; National Public Radio (. Originally published: I thought my father was God and other true tales from NPR's National Story Project. ; National Story Project (. New York : Henry Holt, 2001.

Chosen by Paul Auster out of the four thousand stories submitted to his radio programme on National Public Radio, these 180 stories provide a wonderful portrait of America in the . Books related to True Tales of American Life.

When Paul Auster was approached by National Public Radio's Daniel Zwerdling about becoming a regular contributer to Weekend All . One of my favourite books ever. Heartwarming, true or not true stories, taken from life.

In this way the National Story Project was born. The guidelines were only that the stories had to be true and short.

Chosen by Paul Auster out of the four thousand stories submitted to his radio programme on National Public Radio, these 180 stories provide a wonderful portrait of America in the 20th century.

The stories in this book were submitted by listeners of National Public Radio. "True Tales of American Life gathers 180 personal accounts in a single extraordinary volume."
Comments (7)

Steelcaster
. . This book offers brief slices of life, with glimpses between them into the larger "back yards" of everyday experience.
For any screenwriter looking for character insights, background color, or just the you-can't-make-it-up quirkiness of real life, this book is worth devouring. Great short reads make this book rewarding to pick up and put down.
I'd give it five stars, but for two reasons:
1) Every story begins on a new page, often leaving TONS of white space after it ends, often at the top of a page. Closing up would have meant a shorter, handier book and saved oodles of trees.
2) Auster states that these stories offer "some elegant and sophisticated writing ... also much that is crude and awkward." But he has quietly pared away the crude and the awkward, adding canny turns of phrase and making single words dynamic in a way that only a practiced wordsmith can do.
Thozius
I have to read it stil!
Welahza
A great collection of short stories that'll stimulate your mind into trying to do a little editing yourself. I believe that's the purpose of the book. I read it as recommended prior to a class in creative writing at Oxford University. It works ! !
Lemana
I liked this book so much that I bought extra copies to give friends. Short recollections of events, emotions, life lessons written by people who volunteered significant bits of their lives. Well written, and well edited.
Alien
Anything Paul Auster touches is golden. Great stories that are really poignant. Hope to one day have all of his own stories as well as what he has edited.
Nuadora
this book is a great traveling companion, and thanks also to NPR
Ieregr
I picked up this book in London, looking for something to read on a square for a sunny afternoon. It turned out to be one of the most poignant reads of this year. Auster is a brilliant author, but he really shines as editer of this collection. He arranges the book into chapters by subjects like "Objects", "Animals", "War", "Death", and "Love". At first, I was skeptical, as the "Animals" stories were a bit silly. He soon draws you into the styles of everyday Americans, and by the 50th page you're reading some of the most piercing truths that you could ever imagine. Not only are the stories facsinating and unique, but they resonate with the themes of universality. I laughed and cried my way through this book---and by the time it ended, I was rationing myself on only one story per day, because I wanted them to last forever. I read them aloud to my boyfriend in bed, and to my friends on the phone, the way that you would read a story to a child at night. Great read for all ages and walks of life.
The book encompasses some 120 stories out of 4000 submissions to a National Story Project. The only criteria being it had to be true and short; Auster's book is surprisingly entertaining. Loved it !

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