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`Read Book ⚜ The Sense of Touch õ Named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of Sprung from the variously lush, rugged, and frozen emotional landscapes of the north country, this luminous collection of stories captures the progress of a diverse ensemble of souls as they struggle to uncover themselves and negotiate a meaningful communion, of any kind, with the world around them A brilliant but troubled Bangladeshi physics student searches for balance, acceptance, and his own extraordinary destiny after his father disappears When a Halloween blizzard immobilizes Minneapolis, a young woman is forced to confront the snow bound nature of her own relationships and emotions During an excursion to an idyllic swimming hole hidden in the Black Hills, two old friends unexpectedly compete for the affections of an irresistible, though married, Lakota woman Like a mythical expedition to reach the horizon or the quest to distill truth from the beauty around us, the revelation confirmed by these imaginative stories elegant, sometimes jarring, always wonderfully absurd is that the very act of reaching is itself a form of touch The quiet plains of the North Country serve as a perfect backdrop for Parsons moving debut, a collection of short stories whose characters often live deeply solitary, if not always lonely, lives Kirkus Reviews starred review Eloquently written and replete with a continual stream of un hackneyed twists and turns, Parsons collection is superbly crafted Engaging, riveting, and at times, mind boggling, The Sense of Touch is earmarked to become a literary classic San Francisco Book Review five star review Parsons has made himself a man to watch in the literary world Each of these stories is as thrilling as the next Portland Book Review five star review Each story is honed with purpose and infused with subtle energies He creates delicate lines between the frigid cosmos and the warmth that can be generated among people Parsons writing has a strong pulse This debut assortment heralds his promising career The US Review of Books Top Rated Recommended Review The Sense of Touch is a collection of short stories written by Ron Parsons First things first the author can write well However, I had a hard time getting into some of the stories, and when they were done I just felt kinda meh on them Like they weren t awful, but weren t great This book gets a lot of really good reviews so maybe it s just me I though some parts were interesting, but I think overall I wish there wasaction orreal conflicts that would raise stakesEverythi The Sense of Touch is a collection of short stories written by Ron Parsons First things first the author can write well However, I had a hard time getting into some of the stories, and when they were done I just felt kinda meh on them Like they weren t awful, but weren t great This book gets a lot of really good reviews so maybe it s just me I though some parts were interesting, but I think overall I wish there wasaction orreal conflicts that would raise stakesEverything just seemed kind of safe if that makes sense This seems like something that people would read in a college literature course Not that that s a bad thing, just not really to my tastes On the one hand, Lydia Davis On the other, Annie Proulx Fragile, lush, under glass mixed with the hardiness and harshness of the plains, of the dirt and blue sky vastness From the title story, The Sense of Touch Creation, I think, is an astounding place to be, teeming with warnings and messages You know, the age of any tree can be discovered simply by looking inside its trunk and counting the number of rings Of course, the only way to do that is to go ahead and chop it down When you see On the one hand, Lydia Davis On the other, Annie Proulx Fragile, lush, under glass mixed with the hardiness and harshness of the plains, of the dirt and blue sky vastness From the title story, The Sense of Touch Creation, I think, is an astounding place to be, teeming with warnings and messages You know, the age of any tree can be discovered simply by looking inside its trunk and counting the number of rings Of course, the only way to do that is to go ahead and chop it down When you see a tree through those eyes, it has to be best to just let it grow Leave it alone, preserve the inner secrets, let the damned thing be There is precious little use for a stump.From Be Not Afraid of The Universe I sensed the significance There was another person out there like me a fellow traveler The friendships of childhood are the purest kind They have no basis Their reasons for existence have to do with things like next door neighbors and alphabetical order I m convinced that Josh and I were friends only because we were planted next to each other on the floor But then, that s probably the best possible reason to be friends with someone because they are there.From The Sense of Touch again Usually, Vonda comes to class with something she must let out The horn will sound, her gates swing open, and it bursts across the dirt, bucking, thrashing, kicking up dust Searching for clowns Daring anyone to try and tackle it, wrestle it to the ground.Now you won t believe me when I say the only reason this book didn t align with me completely was because, these days, I want a wrestling book, full of heat and fight and fire, and these stories readlike poetry to me You really won t believe me Searching for clowns And that s not mentioning my favorite one here, Evie and Waylon in Beginning With Minneapolis, Waylon digging Evie s grave I enjoyed this debut collection of short stories by Ron Parsons The characters are interesting and their stories are well told Reading them reminded me of Winesburg, Ohio, another narrative of life in the Midwest Each story pulls the reader into a mile trek in a stranger s shoes you touch the texture of lives and find alienation, longings, and loves woven together, as they must be to keep out the cold The writing is clear with mature observances that rang true to my understanding of humani I enjoyed this debut collection of short stories by Ron Parsons The characters are interesting and their stories are well told Reading them reminded me of Winesburg, Ohio, another narrative of life in the Midwest Each story pulls the reader into a mile trek in a stranger s shoes you touch the texture of lives and find alienation, longings, and loves woven together, as they must be to keep out the cold The writing is clear with mature observances that rang true to my understanding of humanity I highlighted sentences particularly well done something I ve not been moved to do in quite awhile In any case, I hope Ron continues to write and publish perhaps a novel next time FIRST READS I am required to say that I won this book on a goodreads giveaway.There s something really exciting about a writer sending you his own book to read and review I just went to the post office and picked up a package sent to me by the author himself I always treat people who show me their own work with care and respect, and I tend to be really excited about this kind of things It happened to me with performers and filmmakers but never with real authors, and this somehow feelsp FIRST READS I am required to say that I won this book on a goodreads giveaway.There s something really exciting about a writer sending you his own book to read and review I just went to the post office and picked up a package sent to me by the author himself I always treat people who show me their own work with care and respect, and I tend to be really excited about this kind of things It happened to me with performers and filmmakers but never with real authors, and this somehow feelspersonal I really enjoyed The Sense of Touch , Ron Parsons first collection of short stories Maybe it s because he s a new writer that nobody around me has ever heard about, and it makes the interaction between the two of usinteresting already But it is probably also because it s interesting His style isn t uniform, and he s definitely not predictable I m not a short story person myself, but I can tell some of these short stories just didn t really have a point and didn t really plan to teach you anything on life They were just there, and you can feel they are real, or based on real events or real feelings and notions Some of them were just plain weird and I couldn t really relate, and some of them were great But reading this book, reading this stories made me feel like something different is happening here Some of the stories were simply good and new, deep yet simple to understand the complexity, like Big Blue and Be Not Afraid of The Universe Some of them I didn t understand But this is a true indie book.For me it was a different experience, and it s recommended for anyone who wants to try something else