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Christmas with Grandma Elsie (The Original Elsie Dinsmore Classics yEathpile at the base of a sheer cliff basically scenes of senseless slaughter In fact I think that last phrase would ve been a much fitting title for this book and I hesitate even to call it that so long that is as we understand that in this case it s not humans or defenseless animals that are murdered but basic decency Ifou see this book s not humans or defenseless animals that are murdered but basic decency If ou see this book itg TRANSPARENCY is a collection of stories about #Chinese Americans But It #Americans but it keen insights into human nature in general Frances Hwang s prose is flawless and controlled She has a fine eye for telling details and narrates her stories with precision Sonata for the left hand was wonderful The stories seemed to warm up as the book progressed The Old Gentleman 4 starsA Visit to the SunsRemediesGiving a ClockBlue HourTransparency 4 starsSonata for the Left Hand 45 starsStory about the one that got away and the one ou don t want Even though the narrator s men are very different from my men in terms of both their personalities and the circumstances of their interactions somehow the feelings Hwang describes cut to the exact sort of longing bitterness and discomfort
"that most women have felt at some point in their lives Also omg favourite scene "most women have felt at some point in their lives Also omg favourite scene Amsterdam the narrator high is me highThe Modern AgeIntrudersGarden City These stories aren t perfect but they come close Even the lesser stories have their moments I esp loved Sonata for the Left Hand a story in three parts There are a few stories where being an immigrant or the child of an immigrant is relevant to the experience of the characters through the particulars an individual experience is revealed to be universal but for the most part the characters ethnicities aren t important showing the isolation and disconnection anyone might feel. He Old Gentleman a daughter becomes alienated from her father when he finds love or what he thinks could be love in his old age Frances Hwang is a powerful talent and Transparency not only showcases her myriad gifts but also announces the arrival of an exciting new voi. Dmiring it but the stories are not edible esp for some endings of her stories I love the way Hwang writes in these bleak short stories a lot of which seem to be about the disconnectedness and loneliness of modern life One of the stories is called The Modern Age and they all have that feeling about them I suspect they will all blur together my mind when I look back at them although story seemed powerful by itself while reading Some people would call this a collection of
Uiet Stories Those People Are stories Those people are These stories are boring as shit and uite frankly I m a little impressed Hwang didn t nod off as she was drafting them and choke to death on her own tongue But that s the only thing that impresses me about this book which derives most of its material from the sadness a twenty something graduate student feels when old people suffer and die Spoiler alert cancer kills the aunt the old man is a dick head the oung adults don t do shit and everyone is insufferably insipid And Chinese which I guess is supposed to be the book s selling point because it certainly isn t the plot the characters or the language Concerning the latter my suspicion is that Hwang gave some unknowable amount of time and energy to ensuring that not one sentence in this book is memorable or stimulating in this regard employing as many as five shriekingly inane metaphors to completely suppress any excitement the text might offer as well as the reader s will to live Indeed so freuently and putridly and with such devastating ineptness do these metaphors pile on top of each other that the reader is often drawn away from the material by visions of say the Jonestown Massacre or of five hundred shattered and burst open bison steaming and creaking in a rancid N authority or challenge it and to take advantage of modern excesses without diluting one's ethnic identity In Garden City a weary Chinese couple struggling to evict their deadbeat tenant is forced to face the aftermath of their teenage son's death from cancer And in Months later I remember scenes like a father driving in a car with his kids or a woman in an elevator going down Simple stuff but the author describes the ordinary surroundings with such detail then takes that extra step into her characters and now I can t forget them Yes a lot of times
It S Sadness That Ss sadness that s but it s not done in a heavy way There s great humor and innocence Can t wait for her next book I keep wavering from liking short stories to NOT I and innocence Can t wait for her next book I keep wavering from liking short stories to NOT I get over the fact that these short stories are so short And sometimes end without a complete resolution However She is a brilliant luminous writer her stories truly connect with me as an Asian American Oh my Lord is this collection fabulous I wanted my commute to go on forever this morning so I could finish the piece titled Sonata for the Left Hand Hwang writes with a lovely simplicity and it is with subtle and uiet lines like the following I wanted to trust him but people changed so uickly and then it was as if ou never knew them at all that consistently grace her writing I can t wait to keep readingBut alas I have only given it 3 stars because not all of the stories are worthy of four stars The title story especially I did not personally care for but it s worth picking up for the one mentioned above as well as Garden City and Blue Hour The pace is too slow I don t really enjoy a few stories but a few last stories are better I bought and picked this book randomly and the content deserves the title of this book But still I sometimes was left unexplained the stories I mean and that kind of feeling is not so good well in my opinion The ending relies on the readers ability to extend and expand the story but still she writes in beautiful writing style which I kind of With a deceptively simple et graceful style and in the tradition of Lara Vapnyar Jhumpa Lahiri and Gish Jen Frances Hwang captures the thousand minor battles waged in the homes of immigrants struggles to preserve timehonored traditions or break free of them to maintai.