A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo

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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo

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Cada parte de A Swim in a Pond in the Rain se desarrolla, siguiendo una dinámica similar a las clases, alrededor de la lectura de un cuento. He has to find out what movement there is, and what freedom, inside the story’s particular conditions – but without cheaply magicking them away. The tone is knowledgeable but casual — Saunders invites his students and readers to disagree with him (to employ their own “shit detectors” and trust their own tastes) — and I ended this book feeling both educated and entertained; it receives my highest recommendation.

No llaman a tomar las armas ni a cambiar la organización política, pero cogen gente humilde —campesinos, viudas, criados—, hasta entonces invisibles no solo en la literatura sino en la sociedad, y les dan voz. I have sometimes wished to be like those who could live their lives by a creed; those who decided to give their lives to a single religious precept and live every day under that credo; those who marry one person and live together for the rest of their lives. Gooseberries” is brilliant because it offers us so many potential versions of a good life, in so short a space. Yes, it sounds like it would be tedious, banal, tiresome, irksome, but, no, it's the complete opposite of that.And that, by extrapolation, every person in the world has his or her inner orchestra, and the instruments present in their orchestras are, roughly speaking, the same as the ones in ours. It is so even if it has made the story more interesting for the interpretation on vampiristic and egoistic transformation of love. Every chapter articulated a truth a book that, as an avid reader, I had felt before and never knew for sure that anyone else shared. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain,” is drawn from the lectures Saunders delivers year after year to his graduate writing students at Syracuse University in his Russian Literature in Translation class. El libro toca muchos más temas: causalidad, descripciones, omisiones… pero Saunders nunca ofrece recetas ni reglas de oro, a veces incluso parece contradecirse: comentando un relato te habla de la economía inherente a esta forma literaria (todo lo que está tiene que estar por algo) y en el siguiente de las descripciones y digresiones que dan textura a la narración.

And if that’s the only way we can read foreign literature, short of learning just about every language in which the originals we’d love to read were written, it’s still better than not reading them at all. We can reduce all of writing to this: we read a line, have a reaction to it, trust (accept) that reaction, and do something in response, instantaneously, by intuition. That’s a pretty hopeful model of human interaction: two people, mutually respectful, leaning in, one speaking so as to compel, the other listening, willing to be charmed. Saunders admite, y yo estoy de acuerdo, que a medida que envejecemos nuestras expectativas sobre lo que puede conseguir el arte se van haciendo más humildes: no, el arte y el pensamiento no van a parar las guerras ni a acabar con las injusticias.These stories we've just read were written during an incredible seventy-year artistic renaissance in Russia.

También dice mucho sobre el libro y sobre lo lejos que está de un manual académico: es, como las clases, una conversación entre un escritor experimentado y aquellos que empiezan acerca de cómo “ofrecer valor al mundo. In each of the seven stories he dissects, Saunders walks us through their technique while giving us a generous helping of his own thoughts on life, literature and the way those two interact in our reading minds. I thought the story was dull unless you are interested in the anthropology and the ways of the entertainment between the Russian lower classes circa mid 19th century. Tienen muchas cosas en común: son historias sencillas, claras, domésticas, con un propósito —que no es otro que plantear las grandes preguntas: ¿Cómo se supone que debemos vivir la vida? George Saunders, conocido sobre todo como escritor de relatos cortos, ha sido profesor de escritura creativa en la Universidad de Syracuse durante los últimos 20 años, un programa que incluye un “popular” curso sobre relatos breves rusos del siglo XIX.He argues that his speech on happiness “seems kind of…grumpy…seems not just anti-happiness but sort of anti- everything. Un día, convertidos en adolescentes llenos de granos e ideas propias, se van de casa no porque hayan alcanzado el grado de perfección que anticipaste, o porque tengan tanto de ti que ya no puedes darles más, sino por todo lo contrario y porque, sencillamente, ya toca. Saunders' commentary is NOT "literary criticism" but is everything literary criticism should be - readable, witty, useful and very enjoyable.

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