[KINDLE] ❅ Honeymoon and Other Stories Author Kevin Canty – Thomashillier.co.uk

Honeymoon and Other Stories The Characters In Kevin Canty S New Collection Are People We All Know People Who Are Perhaps Ourselves, Searching, Often In The Wrong Places, For Something Meaningful, Or Real, Or At Least, For A Moment, Right Here Are Couples Like Vincent And Laurie, Who After Beginning An Ill Timed Relationship, Escape For A Weekend At The Beach, Where They Confront Their Inevitable Separation There Is Also Olive, A Recovering Drug Addict, Sent On A Mission To Help Her Nephew, Who Finds Herself In An Illicit Relationship With Both Him And His Problems And A Young Boy Nicknamed Flipper, Sequestered For A Summer At A Fat Camp, Who Finds Unexpected Comfort In The Company And Forbidden Gifts Of A Pregnant Teenager In These Stories, Canty Demonstrates Both Deep Understanding And A Powerful Grasp Of Language And Continues To Set Himself Apart As A Master Of The Short Story


About the Author: Kevin Canty

Kevin Canty writes novels and short stories He is a faculty member in the English department at the University of Montana at Missoula, where he currently resides He received his Masters degree in English from the University of Florida in 1990, and M.F.A in creative writing from the University of Arizona in 1993.



10 thoughts on “Honeymoon and Other Stories

  1. says:

    Honeymoon and other stories By Kevin CantyVintage BooksNew York, 2002In Honeymoon And Other Stories stories by Kevin Canty, a world of daring love and uncontrollable desire take control of many people that are just like you and me In this world, we are on a search for ourselves and try to find out who we really are through the trials and tribulations we claim to be part of our lives We smile, cry, and laugh, but we in turn experience pleasure, pain, anger and sadness all within a matter of m Honeymoon and other stories By Kevin CantyVintage BooksNew York, 2002In Honeymoon And Other Stories stories by Kevin Canty, a world of daring love and uncontrollable desire take control of many people that are just like you and me In this world, we are on a search for ourselves and try to find out who we really are through the trials and tribulations we claim to be part of our lives We smile, cry, and laugh, but we in turn experience pleasure, pain, anger and sadness all within a matter of mere seconds Kevin Canty takes this perspective of the world to another level with his short stories in this novel including Tokyo, my love, Aquarium, Flipper, Honeymoon, Carolina Beach, Red Dress, Sleepers Holding Hands, Little Debbie, Scarecrow, Little Palaces, and Girlfriend Hit by Bus Taking a glance at the titles, it s almost impossible to see how each story could be about love or barely a hint of passion That s just how clever Canty is It s almost like a mind trick on the reader I know it was for me When I choose a novel to read, the title is what grabs my attention and with Honeymoon, it compelled me to want to find out what the mystery was behind the title I wanted to discover what emotions it would cause me to feel and how I would look at the world after reading such a book I can tell you right now, it gave me a different understanding about the world and the love that one can accidentally fall into day by day whether it be about an overweight boy just trying to find someone that is willing to understand him like in Flipper or a woman who has problems helping her nephew to be a better person only to disconnect herself from rational thought and her inner self in Aquarium Each story in its unique way has a love that encompasses all that we try to search for in ourselves with the help of exploring others in the process Each story in a small way had that impact on me I could learn from each character s mistakes whether it is from Dr Parker s overwhelming lust in Sleepers Holding Hands or Evelyn s confused and weary self in Little Palaces At the end of each tale, there was always an afterthought for me as I pondered why a character chose to act this way or that With all the stories combined, the answer is clear They all acted on the impulse of love and wanting to feel needed The desire to take a chance on love only led to each character finding out who they were They were all really amazing stories to read as they were all different, but still one in the same I strongly recommend this book to those out there on their journey to understanding who they are as they simultaneously try to grasp the meaning of love I know that I now have a deeper appreciation for love and the struggle one has to go through to find the right person to share it with Honeymoon And Other Stories embraces the meaningful and soulful life of people who truly are like ourselves, just like you and me, trying to find those moments in time that can never be replaced, not for anything


  2. says:

    Il sogno americano Il libro molto ben scritto, ma nel complesso non mi ha convinto C un vasto campionario infelicit L infelicit parte della vita e bisogna imparare ad elaborarla tuttavia sarebbe meglio diversificare l offerta Diversi racconti mi sembrano deboli e mi pare che vogliano stupire il lettore con una trovata paradossale Altri sono pi onesti e mi piacciono molto di pi La storia dell uomo che si innamora di una donna che esce forse da una grave malattia pu non essere n Il sogno americano Il libro molto ben scritto, ma nel complesso non mi ha convinto C un vasto campionario infelicit L infelicit parte della vita e bisogna imparare ad elaborarla tuttavia sarebbe meglio diversificare l offerta Diversi racconti mi sembrano deboli e mi pare che vogliano stupire il lettore con una trovata paradossale Altri sono pi onesti e mi piacciono molto di pi La storia dell uomo che si innamora di una donna che esce forse da una grave malattia pu non essere nuova, ma mi pare che abbia senso ed particolarmente bella la riflessione finale del protagonista che non dir Un altro racconto che mi sembra convincente quello del bambino molto grasso che viene spedito in vacanza in un campeggio per bambini molto grassi, dove probabilmente mangiano solo foglie di insalata il bambino solo e infelice, si potrebbe consigliare la consultazione di uno psichiatra infantile in alternativa all internamento in un campo Gli altri personaggi mi sembrano non sconfitti che implica l aver preso delle iniziative ma rassegnati si circondano di casse di birra e bottiglie di whiskey, cercano di cogliere l attimo ma in modo futile, sognano patate fritte e gelati non era questo il sogno americano Insomma, mi aspettavo che si tenessero la mano nel sonno, ma non c questo spirito, nel complesso Si potrebbe osservare che non si pu obbligare i personaggi della letteratura ad agire secondo i miei disegni vero, lo ammetto Non condivido molti personaggi per mi piaciuto il mostro alato protagonista del primo racconto quello s che vitale forse l averlo inserito fa sfigurare gli altri Forse sarebbe stato meglio metterlo in fondo


  3. says:

    A tremendous collection of spare stories Canty s characters are people about to make a bad decision or reeling from the effects of one He creates stories and worlds with a remarkable economy of words he dives in and dives right back out and as a reader you just hang on for the ride and then marvel at how quickly and efficiently the writing has succeeded in moving you completely Highly recommended.


  4. says:

    veramente una gran raccolta storie delicate e terribili, come sospese non c mai nulla di troppo spiegato eppure ogni cosa appare chiara i migliori il vestito rosso, lo spaventapasseri e carolina beach.


  5. says:

    Read this guy short story master.


  6. says:

    Kevin Canty writes with brutal honesty He is the kind of author who enters characters heads and talks for them instead of taking a sketcher s position It is rather surprising that Kevin Canty is described in another book though as in the tradition of the works of Raymond Carver and Richard Ford In fact, I happened to read Honeymoon and Rock springs simultaneously, one in my office at daytime and one at home at night The contrast of the two books is just as stark as the the bac Kevin Canty writes with brutal honesty He is the kind of author who enters characters heads and talks for them instead of taking a sketcher s position It is rather surprising that Kevin Canty is described in another book though as in the tradition of the works of Raymond Carver and Richard Ford In fact, I happened to read Honeymoon and Rock springs simultaneously, one in my office at daytime and one at home at night The contrast of the two books is just as stark as the the background light True that both smell like desperate and depressing But Ford s desperation and depression come from the situation, a dark abyss, or a dead end The characters nevertheless hope for something good and bright It is the gap between the overwhelming reality and the looming vision that fills the air with darkness gradually flooding over the witnesses the author, and the readers who watch through the author s eyes For Canty, the characters simply do not hope They only desire Without a third party s view, there is no sense of orientation, not a direction called up to which one can cast a look All the darkness comes from the very inside, unpretentious, undisguised, escaping the shaping force of any norms If one has to trace the tradition of Honeymoon, then maybe Camus They both restore the mental reality Camus goes all the way towards philosophical indifference and absurdity Canty stays with worldly conflicts His characters are screaming don t tell me what I want and don t tell me how I feel.What really reminds me of Camus is the last story in the book Girlfriend hit by a bus , which is actually the third story I read The first two are Tokyo, my love and Honeymoon , whose emotions are so imposing for me that fail to impress I would have given up the book hadn t I read the Girlfriend hit by a bus This is almost an O Henry type s story that operates over a crank, but the spirit is just to the opposite It is devilishly interesting to compare Girlfriend hit by a bus with The gift of Magi , with both trying to talk about love in a spark towards the very end As I read on, the other stories are less of the O Henry type but still with that kind of grin Nobody can fool Canty around He writes about everything improper and let his characters fall freely after some vain struggling He is peeling off what is cultivated and revealing the primitive and the untamed Nothing but dark, intriguingly dark


  7. says:

    Awesome book of short stories


  8. says:

    There were stories I enjoyed and ones I just felt confused about Much made me question the perspective I should see the stories from A lot made me feel the characters full of emotion seemed flat and dismissive Many enjoyed this book and perhaps I ve read one too many deep short story books lately.


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    If you like lyrical language put to sad ends, then these stories are for you For everyone else be forewarned, these stories are not meant to be enjoyed There might be a turn of phrase here, or a quip there that brings a wry smile, but on the whole the mood is world weary, the perspective is Brechtian but without the jazz Life within these stories is nasty, brutish and short and what beauty there is to be had is only glimpsed out of the darkening window of a moving car.Canty s writing here is If you like lyrical language put to sad ends, then these stories are for you For everyone else be forewarned, these stories are not meant to be enjoyed There might be a turn of phrase here, or a quip there that brings a wry smile, but on the whole the mood is world weary, the perspective is Brechtian but without the jazz Life within these stories is nasty, brutish and short and what beauty there is to be had is only glimpsed out of the darkening window of a moving car.Canty s writing here is quality, handcrafted prose that ring with natural dialog and earned emotional conflict during moments that are at their core, tragic and universal His characters face personal crises with one foot planted firmly in despair and the other in a kind of wry cynicism If they feel pain, then they also know how mundane their pain is If they are gutted by life, they are also aware that everyone is gutted by life They oscillate between feeling special a phrasethan one character utters inthan one story and feeling average, maybe even hackneyed.Canty susses out a truism we all feel, whether or not we can translate that feeling into words There is something undeniably heroic in the simple act of facing the darkest parts of life But that heroism is laced with a thick strand of irony Because after all, when life gives you a shit sandwich, what else can you do but try to eat it On the other hand, to see this theme explored and revisited again and again for 11 stories 10 if you don t count the weird, Godzilla ode to Tokyo in the beginning , the truth of the message begins to feellike truth The collection starts feeling like it wants to be Literary with a capital L The first time I read this book it was for an advanced creative writing class in college, and as far as academia is concerned it seems like most modern fiction can t be taken seriously unless there is a sense of detachment and also a willingness to get real about the dark things in life Of course there s a paradox in there You can t engage fully and get to the heart of something if you keep an ironic distance If any of these self contained units were opened up say, into the length of a novel , I don t believe the narrative voice would be able to sustain a longer piece There s no fun to be had here, no moments that capture the joyful absurdity of life Not that this collection doesn t try for the absurd For all of the naturalistic impulses in the dialog, the plots of these pieces dance right up against the line of surreal for instance, there s a story about Jim Beam s marriage to like minded corporate logo, Little Debbie Which I suppose from 30,000 feet up look like part of the mission statement life is hard because it is random and opaque But on the ground, these plot beats feel authorly and contrived You didn t see that coming, the stories seem to declare It doesn t help that certain markers of Serious Fiction, like booze and death, clutter up every story.Some things are better in small packages, and the stories of this collection have a greater emotional impact as individual tapas plates rather than trying to present the whole as a meal I recommend Flipper and Little Palaces


  10. says:

    Honeymoon And Other StoriesBy Kevin Canty Vintage Books New York, 2002 Love The True, The Real, The VoidIf you have ever longed for something that you didn t really want, or ever pursued avenues of happiness, knowing that heartache was soon to follow then you will be a fan of Kevin Canty s Honeymoon And Other Stories Do not be fooled by the title that omits visions of white satin sheets full of lovemaking and bliss Honeymoon contains eleven stories of raw emotions, realistic love and tangi Honeymoon And Other StoriesBy Kevin Canty Vintage Books New York, 2002 Love The True, The Real, The VoidIf you have ever longed for something that you didn t really want, or ever pursued avenues of happiness, knowing that heartache was soon to follow then you will be a fan of Kevin Canty s Honeymoon And Other Stories Do not be fooled by the title that omits visions of white satin sheets full of lovemaking and bliss Honeymoon contains eleven stories of raw emotions, realistic love and tangible fears Tokyo, My Love is a light hearted tale about the love for a country Understanding that Canty often used pop culture references in his work, it can be assumed that the narrator is a very well educated, Godzilla This story, being the kick off for the novel, threw me off as a reader I found this opening piece did not fully capture the same brilliance of the stories succeeding it Aquarium, a story of a recovered drug abuser, Olive, transcends into a relationship with her nephew, Robbie, a current drug enthusiast, carries a similar theme with Flipper, a story of a young boy sent away to fat camp for over eating These stories circle relationships that are created out of a need for something greater Olive does not really want to be in a relationship with her nephew, but her judgment is clouded by her inner voids she so desperately wants to fill Flipper, a nickname given to the overweight teen, forms a relationship with food He eats and eats to fill a void that is within himself, it is not until he meets a pregnant thirteen year old from a neighboring catholic camp, that his hunger is revealed to be an emotional malnourishment rather than a desire to merely over indulge Keeping with the theme of over indulging and substituting food for feelings, Little Debbie introduces a married couple with a very relatable love the wife, being an ex fat person who employs self control and dedication every day for her cause and the husband, who happily gives into his desires for alcohol and cigars She works out and sacrifices to stay thin, which makes her happy, but even so, she pushes her husband away with past insecurities, which in turn makes him insecure So I get a beer and then because I m sad, because my wife has just turned me out, because tomorrow is Sunday and besides I don t give a shit is descending I found this story to be arealistic tale of love, insecurities and heart ache With an eye for detail, Canty wonderfully portrays how love can so easily become lost or turned away without the need to over dramatize.Each short story focuses on love, loss and filling a void As a writer, Canty s novel was a great example showing that love stories DON T have to be written clean and pretty His attention to detail and stream of consciousness writing style, breaks literary guidelines for aappreciative and raw reading experience I recommend this book to anyone it s an easy read for all and a great read for aspiring writers


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