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  1. Madeline Madeline says:

    For a very long time read just before finding this book I wasn t completely sure that Dorothy Parker had ever written anything longer than a quote I d always sort of suspected that she was famous for drinking a lot and delivering devastating one liners on a regular basis It was a delightful surprise, therefore, to find this collection and discover that, yes, Dorothy Parker did do a lot of writing and not just one liners Many of these stories are wonderfully sarcastic the best ones are a For a very long time read just before finding this book I wasn t completely sure that Dorothy Parker had ever written anything longer than a quote I d always sort of suspected that she was famous for drinking a lot and delivering devastating one liners on a regular basis It was a delightful surprise, therefore, to find this collection and discover that, yes, Dorothy Parker did do a lot of writing and not just one liners Many of these stories are wonderfully sarcastic the best ones are about rich New Yorkers lamenting how terribly difficult their lives are with great descriptions like this one The apartment was of many rooms, each light, high, and honorably square Each, with its furnishings, might one day be moved intact to the American wing of some museum, labeled, Room in Dwelling of Well to Do Merchant, New York, Circa Truman Administration and spectators, crowded behind the velvet rope which prevents their actual entrance, might murmur, according to their schools of thought, either, Ah, it s darling or else, Did people really live like that and of course, Parker s trademark lines are present as well It was a big factor in Dr Langham s success that she had the ability to make wet straws seem like sturdy logs to the nearly submerged the best of these one liners, I think, was in her piece titled Men I m Not Married To , where she describes each man in detail and reflects on their relationship for Lloyd, however, she writes simply, Lloyd wears washable neckties But there sthan just funny short stories ridiculing the young, rich, shallow people that Parker apparently surrounded herself with In addition, many of the stories are tragic and sad, most often dealing with miserable marriages and depressed housewives The exception is Clothe the Naked , which is about a poor black woman raising her dead daughter s blind son, and ends about as happily as you can expect a story like that to end.All in all, a really good collection of alternately funny, biting, depressing, and beautiful stories Particular favorites Professional Youth , Little Curtis , The Garter , You Were Perfectly Fine , But the One on the Right , A Young Woman in Green Lace , and From the Diary of a New York Lady


  2. Bloodorange Bloodorange says:

    These are good, but were meant for magazine publication and reading in homeopathic doses Parker clearly likes describing awful people and situations in an ironic, very controlled way, but I don t think I love it, at least definitely not en masse Dark humour, drinking humour, sharp social observation from racism Arrangement in Black and White, 1927 to social climbers The steps in social ascent may be gauged by the terms employed to describe a man s informal evening dress the progression These are good, but were meant for magazine publication and reading in homeopathic doses Parker clearly likes describing awful people and situations in an ironic, very controlled way, but I don t think I love it, at least definitely not en masse Dark humour, drinking humour, sharp social observation from racism Arrangement in Black and White, 1927 to social climbers The steps in social ascent may be gauged by the terms employed to describe a man s informal evening dress the progression goes Tuxedo, Tux, dinner jacket, Black Tie The Game The introduction by Regina Barecca is an interesting example of revisionism, presenting Parker as the unsung Great American Novelist Short Story Author.Stories I liked best I leafed through the last section, sketches Big Blonde a really good, depressing story of a Chandleresque female Arrangement in Black and White From the Diary of a New York Lady fab Advice to the Little Peyton Girl a classic Glory in the Daytime Cousin Larry Mrs Hofstadter on Josephine Street really funny The Custard Heart horrid analysis of insensitivity The Game a veritable drawing room thriller I wasn t sure I was giving it four stars, but The Game settled it Banquet of Crow a story about a quack therapist personal coach, helping her client get through being abandoned by a spouse Still valid like most of the observations about the ugliness of human nature in this book


  3. Sketchbook Sketchbook says:

    Mrs Parker died , age 73, in 1967, on the cusp of Women s Lib Rebecca Barreca, in an excellent intro, notes that her stories depict the effects of economical and spiritual poverty upon vulnerable women who received no education about the real world beyond fables grazing love marriage fables reflecting the 20s Even though people don t change much , the Parker viewpoint , I find, represents past decades, which is why George S Kaufman said, Satire is what closes on Saturday night Her w Mrs Parker died , age 73, in 1967, on the cusp of Women s Lib Rebecca Barreca, in an excellent intro, notes that her stories depict the effects of economical and spiritual poverty upon vulnerable women who received no education about the real world beyond fables grazing love marriage fables reflecting the 20s Even though people don t change much , the Parker viewpoint , I find, represents past decades, which is why George S Kaufman said, Satire is what closes on Saturday night Her writing, while always wickedly smart, has a needinessy and middle brow melancholia that seems narrow today Dot is either whiney or bitchy By contrast Dawn Powell, who died unheralded, age 68, in 1965, continues to have a blazing modernity


  4. BAM The Bibliomaniac BAM The Bibliomaniac says:

    These stories are just incredible I chose audio and the female narrator is superb Although some of the language is dated, the situations are spot on current Just ageless tales I especially enjoy the one sided conversations.


  5. Jen Jen says:

    Whew I m a born again Parker fan This collection of short stories is the editor s attempt to prove she deserves critical acclaim and inclusion in the male centric literary canon, and I, for one, am sold Most of the included stories were written in the 1920s 40s, and they are an illuminating peek at the prevailing pretensions of the time she skewers societal affectations as well as the battle between the sexes and the unfortunate lack of open communication between them Too Bad, for examp Whew I m a born again Parker fan This collection of short stories is the editor s attempt to prove she deserves critical acclaim and inclusion in the male centric literary canon, and I, for one, am sold Most of the included stories were written in the 1920s 40s, and they are an illuminating peek at the prevailing pretensions of the time she skewers societal affectations as well as the battle between the sexes and the unfortunate lack of open communication between them Too Bad, for example, starts with neighbors gossiping about a married couple that is separating no one can guess that the reason why is that they are just too damn polite to one another and cannot imagine a lifetime of boredom In The Lovely Leave, a woman almost sabotages her visit with her military husband, who s on a short leave, because she misses him so much Women are meant to be good sports to such a degree in Big Blonde that the protagonist, who usually is a tremendously good sport, becomes a suicidal alcoholic.Parker has an amazingly sharp wit, and she points it at all the right people Ugly Americans, cheating men, superficial women, etc As the editor notes, When Parker goes for the jugular, it s usually a vein with blue blood in it


  6. Nancy Nancy says:

    Amusing, certainly, and the stories are evocative of their time, but they tend to the repetitive and the snide, somewhat sour humor grates eventually.


  7. Miriam Miriam says:

    So deliciously bitter Bitter, bitter, bitter Very funny, very mean I read the intro last, and it had something to say that I had kind of started thinking about myself people small or narrow minded critics consider Parker s stories to be about small or narrow topics, but that s almost beside the point They re about a small social world and a limited number of people, but they re about so muchLike self delusion and cruelty and passive aggression and superficiality masqueradin So deliciously bitter Bitter, bitter, bitter Very funny, very mean I read the intro last, and it had something to say that I had kind of started thinking about myself people small or narrow minded critics consider Parker s stories to be about small or narrow topics, but that s almost beside the point They re about a small social world and a limited number of people, but they re about so muchLike self delusion and cruelty and passive aggression and superficiality masquerading as substance And she calls B.S on all of it Good for her And so they re not small They re about how people deal with their circumstances, and the stories are timeless The figures she describes are recognizable instantly add some cell phones and facebook and take away Prohibition, and it still reads the same I don t know that that makes me like people any better, but it makes me appreciate the sharp observational skills of Dorothy Parker


  8. Will Mego Will Mego says:

    I was oddly disappointed in this Not in the quality of the writing, which is superb The author sets out to accomplish a task, and the technique of writing is bent and twisted to her will, achieving her vision exactly as her mind s eye must have seen it My complaint is simply with her intended effect I didn t enjoy it So it s great writing, but I didn t care for the message She was such a profoundly unhappy person, tormented by life s whims, being a women in the times she lived, the spectre I was oddly disappointed in this Not in the quality of the writing, which is superb The author sets out to accomplish a task, and the technique of writing is bent and twisted to her will, achieving her vision exactly as her mind s eye must have seen it My complaint is simply with her intended effect I didn t enjoy it So it s great writing, but I didn t care for the message She was such a profoundly unhappy person, tormented by life s whims, being a women in the times she lived, the spectre of depression in an age without silver ribbons, and the cliched but never unfailingly tragic alcoholism she shared with so many of her profession You can taste all this like a metallic spoon in the soup of her craft For some, this will tinge it with naturalistic realism For me, even sadness can still hold the promise of eventual hope But you won t find it in these stories


  9. H. P. Reed H. P. Reed says:

    Ms Parker s work, whether essays, stories or poetry are humor born of sadness, filled with sarcasm and pity for the human condition Big Blonde shows us how women who made bad choices about men may have lived in the restrictive 1930 s, but also calls to mind some of the bad choices celebrities make so messily in public today Parker makes even the very private hell of a woman waiting for a man s telephone call both snarkily funny and shamingly familiar Unlike James Thurber, Ms Parker breath Ms Parker s work, whether essays, stories or poetry are humor born of sadness, filled with sarcasm and pity for the human condition Big Blonde shows us how women who made bad choices about men may have lived in the restrictive 1930 s, but also calls to mind some of the bad choices celebrities make so messily in public today Parker makes even the very private hell of a woman waiting for a man s telephone call both snarkily funny and shamingly familiar Unlike James Thurber, Ms Parker breathes no atmosphere of innocence Her stories are informed by the hypocrisy, stupidity and ignorance of the human race She suffered no fools gladly, not even the well meaning ones Her sharpness of vision and high ethical standards made her own life a constant misery, but they also made for incisive writing


  10. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    pithy vignettes of obnoxious people becomes tedious if you read the stories together as a string you are introduced to dolt after wanker, know them for 5 minutes, and then move on to the next daft character it has the collective effect of being at a wretched cocktail party where you want to put all the guests on mute.


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Narrativa completa ✴ [BOOKS] ⚡ Narrativa completa By Dorothy Parker ✾ – Thomashillier.co.uk Dorothy Parker escribi una vez que lo suyo era tomarse un Martini, dos como mucho Despu s del tercero, ya estaba debajo de la mesa, y al cuarto debajo de su anfitri n Con esas premisas, y haciendo gal Dorothy Parker escribi una vez que lo suyo era tomarse un Martini, dos como mucho Despu s del tercero, ya estaba debajo de la mesa, y al cuarto debajo de su anfitri n Con esas premisas, y haciendo gala de un humor que ara aba los buenos h bitos de la burgues a de entonces, cabe entender que la misma Dorothy se convirtiese en personaje y que su obra se leyera a menudo como la alegre guarnici n de una vida dedicada al chiste ingenioso.