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Perhaps all adversaries are larger than Olga, for she is almost as large as the afternoon she lies under The days behind her were like an unclear, fuzzy negative of a film that faded when exposed to the present They were like a dull piece of thread she would like to cut and be done with Yes, to be done with forever, like a thread from a raveled hem that catches on things when you walk But where had she put the scissors Oh, yes, for a while she would seem to be thinking of something But Perhaps all adversaries are larger than Olga, for she is almost as large as the afternoon she lies under The days behind her were like an unclear, fuzzy negative of a film that faded when exposed to the present They were like a dull piece of thread she would like to cut and be done with Yes, to be done with forever, like a thread from a raveled hem that catches on things when you walk But where had she put the scissors Oh, yes, for a while she would seem to be thinking of something But in the end it was always pretty much like a lump of sugar making strenuous efforts to preserve its integrity in a steamingly warm cup of tea THe cubic shape of a thought would not keep It relaxed and dissolved and spread out flat on the bottom or drifted away I d never read Tennessee Williams before, and this book of short stories was excellent I thought. Una raccolta di racconti in cui il disagio, le difficolt e la miseria dei protagonisti sono il filo conduttore Storie drammatiche di persone che si trovano ai margini della societ e per le quali non c possibilit di rivalsa.Ci viene raccontata con una delicatezza disarmante l America dei vinti, di un umanit tormentata.La lettura, lenta e malinconica, mi ha trascinato per giorni in questo mondo di oppressi senza per trasmettermi angoscia o pena, mi sono invece sentita paradossalmente in si Una raccolta di racconti in cui il disagio, le difficolt e la miseria dei protagonisti sono il filo conduttore Storie drammatiche di persone che si trovano ai margini della societ e per le quali non c possibilit di rivalsa.Ci viene raccontata con una delicatezza disarmante l America dei vinti, di un umanit tormentata.La lettura, lenta e malinconica, mi ha trascinato per giorni in questo mondo di oppressi senza per trasmettermi angoscia o pena, mi sono invece sentita paradossalmente in sintonia con ogni singolo personaggio This was a random pick up from the Portsmouth Public Library What attracted me to this old tome was the blue striped hardcover no book jacket I would have weeded this book years ago I haven t read short stories in a long time and have forgotten how enjoyable they can be It s like a rich chocolate, and a little piece is all you need.These were not all winners, but 7 out of 9 is good odds I especially liked the sense of place in The Mattress by the Tomato Patch It s set in Santa Monica, This was a random pick up from the Portsmouth Public Library What attracted me to this old tome was the blue striped hardcover no book jacket I would have weeded this book years ago I haven t read short stories in a long time and have forgotten how enjoyable they can be It s like a rich chocolate, and a little piece is all you need.These were not all winners, but 7 out of 9 is good odds I especially liked the sense of place in The Mattress by the Tomato Patch It s set in Santa Monica, CA, in 1943 and the city is full of young couples eager to find a room to release their passions ( Free Kindle ) ⚇ Hard Candy ♷ Presents nine stories from the noted American playwright I picked up this short story collection after finishing Williams One Arm I felt this collection didn t match the intensity of One Arm and finished the book underwhelmed The pacing of The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin and a few others was very slow and outlandishly dull.However, the title story, Two on a Party and The Mattress by the Tomato Patch had the satisfying and jarring impact that Williams delivers What took away from the book was that some stories tended to I picked up this short story collection after finishing Williams One Arm I felt this collection didn t match the intensity of One Arm and finished the book underwhelmed The pacing of The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin and a few others was very slow and outlandishly dull.However, the title story, Two on a Party and The Mattress by the Tomato Patch had the satisfying and jarring impact that Williams delivers What took away from the book was that some stories tended to drag Tennessee wants to say so much but he ends up repeating himself or focusing on too many unimportant details Other times, Tennessee creates these vivid characters and scenarios that repulse you in the most wonderful of ways My, I don t even think I managed to finish all the stories in this little volume It was all just so depressing like most Tennessee Williams and all the stories I read all revolved around sex and or death like most Tennessee Williams I usually don t mind this, in fact I think usually prefer it However, I guess most books I read are Melancholy and end with a sort of thoughtful sadness I did like The Resemblance between a Coffin and a Violin Case and The Mattress by the Tomato Patch mai My, I don t even think I managed to finish all the stories in this little volume It was all just so depressing like most Tennessee Williams and all the stories I read all revolved around sex and or death like most Tennessee Williams I usually don t mind this, in fact I think usually prefer it However, I guess most books I read are Melancholy and end with a sort of thoughtful sadness I did like The Resemblance between a Coffin and a Violin Case and The Mattress by the Tomato Patch mainly because it had this one amazing sentence These tomatoes are big as my fist, bloody red of color, and firm to the touch as a young swimmer s pectoral muscles Increasingly disappointing collection of stories that starts out strong enough, but slowly becomes redundant and weak The characters are reasonably solid throughout, but the arcs of the stories become very weak early enough, and by the end we re stuck with a final story that s nearly a literal retelling of one we ve already read Having known Williams from his plays, I had high hopes Was consequently very disappointed by this. Train wreck characters Interesting places Strange interactions Imperfectly perfect writing that is simultaneously not enough and just enough Concise and to the point, with just enough room for odd details Favorite stories Three Players Of A Summer Game, Two On A Party, Rubio Y Morena, The Mattress By The Tomato Patch, The Mysteries of the Joy Rio. My favorite story in this was The Vine I can t exactly say why I loved it so much, but I guess I just enjoyed how human it felt I know that sounds strange, but really that s the only way I can find to describe it The other stories were good and well written, but The Vine is definitely my favorite