Eyes: Novellas and Stories

Eyes: Novellas and Stories


A superb new collection—two novellas and 4 brief tales from the most respected writers of our time, writer of 7 books of fiction, between them The Tunnel (“An outstanding achievement”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post); Middle C (“Exhilaratingly ingenious”—Cynthia Ozick, The New York occasions publication evaluate, cover); and Cartesian Sonata (“The best prose stylist in America”—The Washington Post).

It starts off with "In Camera," the 1st of the 2 novellas, and tells the tale, which grows darker and dustier via the speck, of a Mr. Gab (who doesn’t have the present) and his images store (in part of city so drab even robbers wouldn’t visit), a store full of gray-white, gray-bleach pictures, every one in its personal cellophane sheet, loosely side-filed in cardboard containers, tag connected . . . an internal sanctum the place little occurs past the fulsome, deep reverence for Mr. Gab’s photos and titanic assortment, a home made museum in the middle of the outer maelstrom . . . until eventually a Mr. Stu (as in u-stew-pid) enters the store, examining the intense assortment, and Mr. Gab’s treasure-filled, dust-laden, meticulously contained universe starts off to implode . . .

In the tale “Don’t Even test, Sam,” the upright piano from the 1942 Warner Bros. vintage Casablanca is interviewed (“I comprehend why you must consult me,” the piano says. “It’s simply because everyone else is dead. Stars move out. Directors die. businesses fold. But a few of the props get preserved. I’ve visible my buddy the Vichy water bottle within the storeroom as wrapped up because the Maltese Falcon. We’d fetch a cost now”) . . .

In one other tale, “Charity,” a tender legal professional, whose enterprise it truly is to maintain health facility apparatus in truth produced, bargains an easy present and is dropped at the ambiguous middle of charity itself. In “Soliloquy for a Chair,” a folding chair does simply that—talks in a barbershop that's finally bombed . . . and in “The Toy Chest,” Disneylike creatures tackle human roles and issues and stay in an environment of a child’s imagination.

An spell binding Gassian trip; an excellent fantasia; a virtuoso delight.

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