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@Read Ebook õ The Civilized Tribes: New and Selected Stories Þ In a career that spans than twenty five years, Jerry Bumpus has published nearlystories in such notable magazines as Esquire, The Paris Review, and The Best American Short Stories Now the most intense and original of his short fictions have been brought together in The Civilized Tribes New and Selected Stories Grounded in a world that is almost familiar, inhabited by people who are not quite ordinary, these eleven tales will take readers far south of the psychological comfort zone, into a borderland of dark sensibility, brilliant humor, and unsettling sex The stories told in this book reflect what Gertrude Stein had in mind when she revised Longfellow s famous lines Life is not real it is not earnest, it is strange Jerry Bumpus, saluted in the s as the king of underground writers, has emerged in the s to the broader acclaim that his innovative work has long deserved The Civilized Tribes New and Selected Stories reveals Bumpus as the sole occupant of his own category in American Fiction In his photograph on the back cover Jerry Bumpus looks every inch the mild mannered academic his biog alongside suggests But look closer because there s a wicked glint in his eye He s a sadist, he brings together a little person and a massive vicious dog, virtually every story is sloppy with blood and brutality or sex, usually brother sister incest or troilism or god knows what An unstoppable brutality often powers the story, while victims go into a trance The book not so much pins you to In his photograph on the back cover Jerry Bumpus looks every inch the mild mannered academic his biog alongside suggests But look closer because there s a wicked glint in his eye He s a sadist, he brings together a little person and a massive vicious dog, virtually every story is sloppy with blood and brutality or sex, usually brother sister incest or troilism or god knows what An unstoppable brutality often powers the story, while victims go into a trance The book not so much pins you to the chair as abducts you and chains you to the floor and then whips you It s fucking sickening and brilliant and unstoppable A Lament to Wolves reminds me of William Goyen, with its farmyard setting, patricide, incest and stunning description of one person s power over another, a whole group through sheer force of will The title story is a beauty and starts off with a fork lift truck accident at work There are some breathing spaces, the story Shame, although dated girdles, goosing and a mid 20C attitude towards lesbianism is a fine story of a breakdown through stages of paranoia I m into stories of breakdown at work and at home.At the weekend our car was broken into and to cheer ourselves up we booked a few days in Barcelona at Easter for the family After I settled down to read the story Fakes It s set in Barcelona and features many of the sights I expect to see in a few weeks Las Ramblas and the Gaudi cathedral and it is the most horrible story I ve ever read for what the protagonist, and thus the reader, sees Fuck now that will be at the back of my mind while i walk about the city.So thanks Jessica for recommending this powerful, weird but also rich and subtle book, it is funny as well It s wormed its way into my mind and it s singing Jerry Bumpus is a really interesting, v original writer The stories are funny, odd, often voice driven, which I prefer There are a number of stand outs Popinjay s African Notes is the one that comes to mind now.