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Ory as she attempts to organize her memories of a love affair into a novel With compassion wit and what appears to be candor she seeks to determine what she actually know One of the few books I come back to over and over again I have never read anything uite like this nearly plotless dialogue less book detailing the slow decline of a relationship The tone is hauntingly lonely and there is never a uestion about where the narrative is headed but the observations are so smart and the sentences so well crafted that I highly recommend this book to those interested in reading about the small nuances of desperate yet honest love Past Due Debt Collection organize her memories Die Visioene Van Johanna Brandt of a love affair into a novel With compassion wit and what appears to be candor she seeks to determine what she actually know One The Neuropsychology of Self Discipline of the few books I come back to Where I’m Calling From over and The Accidental Activist over again I have never read anything uite like this nearly plotless dialogue less book detailing the slow decline Brenda has a dragon in her blood observations are so smart and the sentences so well crafted that I highly recommend this book to those interested in reading about the small nuances Divan Of Rudaki of desperate yet honest love

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S about herself and her past but we begin to suspect along with her that given the elusiveness of memory and understanding any tale retrieved from the past must be fictio I made it than half way through this basic retread of some short stories Lydia Davis has previously written and published Seems she writes a bit here and there about a boy and her relationship and perhaps a bit about a girl and her relationship and sometimes about both of them and her relationship with them all and by the time I get to where I am I am so tired and too tired of reading this boring tale of nothing Ray Johnson the artist whose last act was a performance piece in which he leaves a trail of friends who all know a piece of him but no one knows his all goes and kills himself by drowning in a river Ray used to do performance pieces in the city and called them plays about nothing He had a loyal following and somebody made a movie about his life that was very interesting It was called How to Draw a Bunny Let me give you an example of how Ray operated If a buyer of his hard art only could afford to pay say three uarters of what Ray s asking price was then after a bit of haggling back and forth Ray would graciously accept the deal collect the money and send the buyer three uarters of the piece Whatever became of the leftover pieces of Ray s art remain a mystery at least to me In this novel by Lydia Davis I often noticed a short story of hers that I had already seen elsewhere in other of her collections For example Story from her first collection of short stories titled Break It Down tells how the narrator s boyfriend couldn t see her before she was to embark on a trip very early the next morning so she stays up all night in her obsessive search to find out why She makes several trips back and forth to his apartment several phone calls and she meets him or talks to him but never uite believes his story and she shouldn t The names in this story were changed in the novel but the story is the same story as the text entered into her novel This happens often in here Too often for me It is lame and is a poor way to garner loyalty from me I had already purchased from the The Collected Stories based on the one superb story I read in the collection Fakes An Anthology of Pseudo Interviews Faux Lectures uasi Letters Found Texts and Other Fraudulent Artifacts edited by David Shields and Matthew Vollmer The Lydia Davis Funeral Parlor story was about a letter she wrote to a funeral home about the attendant naming what was left of her father after his cremation his cremains I thought the letter so clever and brilliant and so well written that I bought the entire Lydia Davis collected short story work and now I almost wish I hadn t The book arrived in the mail today and it matched the description online so I can t send it back I guess I will see of what is in it when I have time and space to do so this coming mid winter But the few stories I have already read in my perusal of it as I have 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Mislabeled boxes problems with visiting nurses confusing notes an outing to the county fair such are the obstacles in the way of the unnamed narrator of The End of the St 15 starsRub enough elbows with the literary cognoscenti you re bound to hear glowing praise about Lydia Davis short stories I was delighted to see The End of the Story her first novel made available to our library system s e book exchange to see what the hoopla was all about Delight turned to unalleviated boredom rather uickly followed by utter exasperation with the realization at about page 40 that it never was going to get any better It s further frustrating that many GR folks found beauty in this when all I could find was an excuse to keep my Extra Strength Tylenol nearby This was one painful slog disguised as art Its 240 page entirety is devoted to the first person obsessions of a 35 year old woman obsessing over every single micrometer ngstrom tissue thin sense memory of a failed relationship with a man really 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would like to write on it MATERIAL READY TO BE USED but if I do that it may bring me bad luck because the material may not really be ready I thought of adding parentheses and writing MATERIAL READY TO BE USED but the word ready was still too strong despite the parenthesis I thought of throwing in a uestion mark so that it read MATERIAL READY TO BE USED but the uestion mark immediately introduced doubt than I could stand The best possibility may be MATERIAL TO BE USED which does not go far as to say that it is ready but only that in some form it will be used though it does not have to be used even if it is good enough to useThis is just her thought process in compiling the material for this failed relationship a relationship by her very admission she had no business being in This to me is just a protracted pointless exercise in nothingness It s not an achingingly poignant artistic exposition into the mind of a woman in a failed relationship This is a few rungs above gibberish Maybe Ms 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10 thoughts on “The End of the Story

  1. says:

    There is some kind of style in this book that made me like it That style is strange and I did not know how Davis was able to walk away with it1 No plot2 No dialogues3 Started the 1st person narration unreliable with the en

  2. says:

    Fuck That's really all I can say

  3. says:

    15 starsRub enough elbows with the literary cognoscenti you're bound to hear glowing praise about Lydia Davis' short stories I was delighted to see The End of the Story her first novel made available to our library system's e book exchange to see what the hoopla was all about Delight turned to unalleviated boredom rather uickly followed by utter exasperation with the realization at about page 40 that it never was going t

  4. says:

    One of the few books I come back to over and over again I have never read anything uite like this nearly plotless dialogue less book detailing the slow decline of a relationship The tone is hauntingly lonely and there is never a uestion about where the narrative is headed but the observations are so smart and the sentences

  5. says:

    Minimalist Fiction and Self AwarenessDavis's minimalist voice which I find myself mimicking in this review always a sign of a style's power t

  6. says:

    I always cry at endingsThis is the way in which we learn to let go while holding onBecause when loss lessens us to the point that love's lessons leave us spent less is Sometimes it takes a certain sort of numbness—time

  7. says:

    Senryu ReviewSupreme break up bookin stark self aware prose trumpsall night make up sex

  8. says:

    I made it than half way through this basic retread of some short stories Lydia Davis has previously written and published Seems she writes a bit here and there about a boy and her relationship and perhaps a bit

  9. says:

    How much do I adore Lydia Davis I like her writing because no one is able to categorize it Sometimes a work of hers that appears in a prose magazine will also appear in a poetry magazine the same exact piece of writing I love that S

  10. says:

    It seems like every sentence in this book was carefully constructed to convey the maximum amount of sadness any person has