The Imaginary Lives of Mechanical Men: Stories (Hardback)Randy F. Nelson (author)
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
These lightly absurd tales, recalling Barthelme in their elegance and T. C. Boyle in their inventiveness, trace some of the boundaries of human loneliness and need for connection. In these stories the natural and mechanical worlds clash again and again, and in that clash the author finds comedy and vibrant life.--Erin McGraw "author of The Good Life: Stories "
Nelson has a great range of interests and a wicked sense of paradox. He is disciplined and adventurous in equal measure.--Robert Anderson "author of Little Fugue: A Novel "
The worlds of many of these stories are fantastically imaginary and imaginative, even hallucinatory.--Independent Weekly (Durham, NC)
[Nelson's] thirteen offerings, which vary broadly in topic, voice and tone, are united by his ability to enmesh downtrodden figures in situations that highlight our biggest contemporary dilemmas . . . Nelson's talent for irony does more than simply point out our cultural hypocrisy, it also elucidates our most personal dilemmas . . . Nelson is expert at crafting scenes of desperation resolved, zealotry succumbed to and disaffection upended--all while refusing to repeat instance, image or idea . . . This is impressive at a time when people seeking cultural understanding have come to rely less on the stories our finest writers tell us and more on familiar melodramas . . . Nelson is, most definitely, spinning the absolute--and perfectly crafted--truth.--San Francisco Chronicle
Running the gamut from weird to outright creepy, these thirteen stories shed sympathetic light on the unseemly, the ungainly and the unrefined.--Publishers Weekly
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