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Summer is the season of fiction, it is said — said here, now, at least. Susan Sontag may be best-known for her remarkable critical essays on. I, etcetera. By Susan Sontag. Download Pdf. Read Online. This article is available in PDF and Microfiche formats only. You are currently viewing this article as a. “Look at all this stuff I’ve got in my head: rockets and Venetian churches, David Bowie and Diderot, nuoc roam and Big Macs, sunglasses and.

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In this book, several short stories. In some stories, like the last, about travel, there were flashes of lyricism, which was good.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. There is an abundance of those startling ironies and wry, quirky jokes sntag make Susan Sontag so tempting to quote.

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Susan Sontag, the literary and social critic, is entirely at home in fiction, is exhilarated, even transfigured by it. Trivia About I, etcetera. Why have I avoided her fiction for so long! Is it meant to be against interpretation?

Lists with This Book. Sontag makes a wonderful stew of the past, the life caught in memory and imagination, serves it all up lavishly laced with silences, and provides us with a gourmand’s series of short courses.

Jekyll” also dances its ideas on our heads–about energy, freedom, evil, karma?

Be the first to discover new talent! I just have to find the right Sontag fit for me. Sontag’s style is slightly formal, and based on the evidence here, she can’t quite get away from that in her stories.


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I know I’m supposed to love Susan, and I do This is a weird collection, and unfortunately, it’s not an especially satisfying one. It came across as kind of dated, these cultural concerns that I think Sontag means to explore here The narrators here have the clipped, stream-of-strange-consciousness sensibilities you find in, say, a Lorrie Moore story, but are more baffling and metaphysical.

For Sontag who has always been so controlled and who’s praised being serious as a virtue, this collection is really eye-opening. Jun 26, Vicky rated it liked it Shelves: However, “Debriefing,” a gallery of despair, Manhattan-style, successfully mixes autobiographical immediacy with social essaying.

To ask other readers questions about I, etceteraplease sign up. Sep 24, Keight rated it really liked it Shelves: And salt on my tongue. No trivia or quizzes yet. Wiry, allusive, and too smart for their own good–read them anyway.

She’s clearly very smart, etcetefa this book isn’t as interesting as any one of her wusan. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. In reflective, telegraphic prose, Susan Sontag confronts the reader with exposed workings of an impassioned intellect in narratives seamed with many of the themes of her etcetrra nature of knowing, our relationship with the past, and the future in an alienated present.

Not my cup of tea. Susan Sontag is brilliant and the ideas and notions in this collection of stories are absolutely genius. The short stories didn’t really work for me. But I don’t think there were really stories sontat, in the sense of circumstances that evolved, that were affected by the passage of time.

Old Complaints Revisited was far too long and unreadable after the first twenty pages.


Jul 15, Eral rated it liked it. Mar 24, William2 rated it liked it Shelves: They were very experimental in a way that I found dated. Or else another story revisits the story of Jeckyll and Hyde, only, well, the circumstances have changed.

I could just picture someone in the s being like “this would be a groovy way to deconstruct a narrative! Dec 28, Michal Tallo rated it it was amazing. She claims she sees sontat as her permeant career, but readers hardly notice her novels, except for Volcano Lover. Book ratings by Goodreads.

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Published March 6th by Picador first published Mar 10, Thomas Buchanan rated it really liked it. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

Sep 19, heather rated it really liked it. Susan Sontag is at this point so well known for her controversial political ideas and her works of criticism like Against Interpretation that her fiction goes largely and unfortunately overlooked.

I like them, they are really really speaking of something that is quite common nowadays, but the way she wrote it seems way to shallow for Sontag’s big name.

And in “Old Complaints Revisited,” when a Party member quits, offering a farcically complete catalogue of what it means to belong to the Party, a personal scream comes snaking up out of all that essayistic stuffing.