A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo

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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo

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Paired with iconic short stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, the seven essays in this book are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it’s more relevant than ever in these turbulent times.

After the premature end of two marriages and one romantic liaison, Olenka goes through a crisis and cannot see her future. Can one live a good life by retreating from the world, living in a country house, eating gooseberries? A Swim in a Pond in the Rain is a deep exploration not just of how great writing works but of how the mind itself works while reading, and of how the reading and writing of stories make genuine connection possible. Fun to read something that encourages a revisiting of the Russkies (or maybe a visiting for the first time of Saunders' short story collections). Right now I am cleaning off the mantel above my fireplace to display the slightly ostentatious Booker Prize statue I will soon be winning now I know Ole George’s writing secrets.The men admire her beauty even as she does all the work to make them comfortable, highlighting Ivan’s hypocrisy. In reading, though, don’t we feel it the other way round: as if the story were only there so that for a moment we can contemplate the truth of the detail, of the experience? Saunders heightened my appreciation and understanding of each of the 7 stories (by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy and Gogol) contained within this volume. What I ended up doing after laboriously working through the first three stories, is reading Saunder’s analysis and then going back and reading the stories.

Sometimes I had an entirely different take on the story because I brought in my own experience and inclinations. El lector puede que tenga la paciencia de esperar hasta la última línea si el relato consigue mantener el interés, pero al terminar va a tomar cada uno de los elementos del relato y les va a preguntar, inconscientemente, ¿y tú, para que estabas aquí? Others might get bogged down in certain stories or be tempted to skip over them (and if so, why bother? Saunders nunca ha encontrado especialmente útiles conceptos como “tema”, “argumento”, “desarrollo de personajes” o “estructura”, tan comunes en los cursos de escritura creativa.My personal writing approach, which I've suspected might be a little low-rent, is to say, "You know what would be cool? I have sometimes wished to be like those who could live their lives by a creed; those who decided to give their lives to a single religious precept and live every day under that credo; those who marry one person and live together for the rest of their lives. George Saunders, conocido sobre todo como escritor de relatos cortos, ha sido profesor de escritura creativa en la Universidad de Syracuse durante los últimos 20 años, un programa que incluye un “popular” curso sobre relatos breves rusos del siglo XIX. In the others, you read the story in its entirety, watching and wondering what element he will pick out for examination.

El mensaje es tan simple como poderoso: todo el mundo merece atención, todas las personas son igualmente dignas de respeto. If the stories’ depth that he argues for were so prima-facie obvious it could preclude the greater value of this book. George Saunders offers a list of all the ways we are, as we acknowledge, changed at least in the short run: "I am reminded that my mind is not the only mind. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain,” is drawn from the lectures Saunders delivers year after year to his graduate writing students at Syracuse University in his Russian Literature in Translation class.I wish Saunders would move in next door and join our local book club and teach seniors at our local junior college. On the basis of this ending and one more phrase before that, Saunders seems to be reevaluating the whole story.

Pero volviendo a la cita del principio, Saunders no se decidió a escribir A Swim in a Pond in the Rain porque sentía que podía ayudar a los escritores que empiezan, sino para capturar la magia de aquellas clases en las que, además de leer y comentar lo leído, una pregunta flotaba constantemente en el aire: ¿qué pueden hacer estos relatos por nosotros? This time of year, especially, it makes sense to opt out of the chillier weather and sit in on some of the lessons, virtually, as Saunders’ shares with his Syracuse students, in a master class on the Russian short story. Slowly the reluctant student was charmed then educated, learning to read more adroitly by poking around inside George's head as he dissects the mysteries of Gogol's nose fixation. As is true with lecturing, long books like this can be off-putting at first, but cordial given time and patience.And here's Saunders giving clear and matter-of-fact lessons on seven incredible short stories and explaining exactly why they are so great without diminishing the inexplicable aspects of story. Over the last ten years I've had a chance to give readings and talks all over the world and meet thousands of dedicated readers. This is a resistance literature, written by progressive reformers in a repressive culture, under constant threat of censorship… The resistance in the stories is quiet, at a slant, and comes from perhaps the most radical idea of all: that every human being is worthy of attention and that the origins of every good and evil capability of the universe may be found by observing a single, even very humble, person and the turnings of his or her mind. George Saunders, an author whose short stories I have thoroughly enjoyed, uses material from the creative writing program in which he teaches to provide us insight into the short story writing process. This book makes us appreciate the whole process of writing even more than we already do and pays tribute to those who give us pleasure and food for thought with their every (painstakingly crafted) sentence.



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