Summer is the season of fiction, it is said — said here, now, at least. Susan Sontag may be best-known for her remarkable critical essays on. I, etcetera. By Susan Sontag. Download Pdf. Read Online. This article is available in PDF and Microfiche formats only. You are currently viewing this article as a. “Look at all this stuff I’ve got in my head: rockets and Venetian churches, David Bowie and Diderot, nuoc roam and Big Macs, sunglasses and.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. There was a problem adding your email address. She’s clearly very smart, but this book isn’t as interesting as any one of her essays. The narrators here have the clipped, stream-of-strange-consciousness sensibilities you find in, say, a Lorrie Moore story, but are more baffling and metaphysical.

I’m thinking I’ll find her a bit like Joan Didion where the nonfiction is amazing and the fiction is not to my taste. First couple wtcetera I liked a lot, the others not so much.

The first story in particular raised hairs on the back of my neck. Refresh and try again.

Please provide an email address. Diciamo, anzitutto, che i raccontini sono presuntuosi. She hears everything–echoes of dead rhetoric; glorious cliches that deaden our response to castles, sunsets, bays–and hears everywhere an elevation of the daily commonplace in the grand tour that must never end. Unique writing and definitely thought provoking.


I could just picture someone in the s being like “this would be a groovy way to deconstruct a narrative! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Not my cup of tea. The short stories are more like notes, often jotted down without a logical or chronological order, which makes the reading much heavier and less enjoyable. Did not read all of it There are great lines and observations in almost all the stories but they get rarer and rarer.

But these eight stories, written between and for such diverse journals as Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and Playboy, are fascinatingly varied, often delightful in their darkly ironic twists, and only occasionally unworthy of the reader effort required.

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I, Etcetera by Susan Sontag

Or the last story, which is something like a Q and A, only it’s series of linguistic prompts, like finish the phrase, all about travel. Mar 07, Ophelinha rated it it was ok. Theses stories are like a confused, emotional part of herself, one that she takes and uses creatively and seems at ease with at least on the page.

However, “Debriefing,” a gallery of despair, Manhattan-style, successfully mixes autobiographical immediacy with social essaying. I hadn’t realized how near their territories were to each other. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Short stories written by someone too intelligent to write short stories.

This is a weird collection, and unfortunately, it’s not an especially satisfying one. Review quote These short stories establish Sontag’s originality. I loved Project for a Trip to China and was excited to see the rest, but none of the other stories really lived up to that first one. No pain or horror is avoided, no occasion for despair is ducked. The Best Books etcehera Not just tired of being the person I was, but any person at all.


Sontag’s style is slightly formal, and based on the evidence here, she can’t quite get away from that in her stories.


Don’t know if I will ever finish it though Preview — I, etcetera by Susan Sontag. Etceetera like them, they are really really speaking of something that is quite common nowadays, but the etcetrra she wrote it seems way to shallow for Sontag’s big name. Sontag did not let down my expectations, again. I loved that one and re-read it, along with Unguided Tour. I will be reading more of hers, for sure. View all 5 comments.

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Or else another story revisits the story of Jeckyll and Hyde, sudan, well, the circumstances have changed. Wiry, allusive, and too smart for their own good–read them anyway.

Paradoxically, the two weakest stories are the easiest and the most difficult. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Dec 01, Marianna Monaco rated it did not like it Shelves: I have always been detached in part.

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