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Es an all consuming war on the raccoons living in the woods around their house A young artist devotes himself to a wealthy malicious gossip knowing that it’s just a matter of time before she turns on himIn this new collection of short stories acclaimed author Paul Theroux explores the tenuous leadership of the elite and the surprising revenge of the overlooked. Something gets lost here between the idea and the execution Every story begins with a provocative concept include several insightful paragraphs and observations only to bog down in unnecessary description and explication They lack any sense of tension and release I ve never seen insanity and depravity look so casual and boring Maybe that was Theroux s goal but getting through this collection was a frustrating slog

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Mr Bones

A dark and bitingly humorous collection of short stories from the “brilliantly evocative” Time Paul Theroux A family watches in horror as their patriarch transforms into the singing wise cracking lead of an old timey minstrel show A renowned art collector relishes publicly destroying his most valuable pieces Two boys stand by helplessly as their father stag. The first thing you should know is that many of these stories have already been published in The New Yorker the Atlantic and other esteemed magazine The second thing is that they re good deceptively simple powerful and in the end unsettlingTake the eponymous story Mr Bones for example On the surface it s about a cowered husband and father a shoe salesman who has become nearly invisible to those around him He puts on a mask and adapts an attitude for an old fashioned minstrel show and suddenly becomes intimidating and untouchable It s not a far stretch to say it s about how we all hide behind our inscrutable masks with hints of the racism and marital problems that pervade societyAnother Minor Matt uestions what we value the most In this one an obscenely wealthy art collector bids on and then slashes valuable art work from top artists The art world complies knowing that the destruction will jack up the prices of the remaining worksThere s Siamese Nights about an American manufacturer who begins an intoxicating affair with a ladyboy and learns to his horror that the delicate creature he creates in his own mind is not the same as the person who truly possesses assurance insistence and certainty And there s I m the Meat You re the Knife where a writer verbally torments a former English teacher now helpless and dying with subtle reminders of his past abuseThese are tales of revenge self recognition and sometimes redemption often rooted in the common situations such as the war against raccoons Two of the stories are composed of short shorts and a few resort to a formula the last line provides a stunning insight leaving the reader slightly stunned All in all a very worthy collection and I give it a 45

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He shows us humanity possessed consumed by its own desire and compulsion always with his carefully honed eye for detail and the subtle idiosyncrasies that bring his characters to life Searing dark and sure to unsettle Mr Bones is a stunning new display of Paul Theroux’s “fluent faintly sinister powers of vision and imagination” John Updike The New Yorker.. This is my first foray into Theroux s shorter works Until now I ve been immersed in his travel writing and novels So this was certainly different A strange amalgam of stories about relationships and sex Mainly written about foreigners and expatriates in Eastern Asia The longer pieces I found really engaging There was also a handful of micro fiction pieces which didn t do a whole lot for me But it was still a good read on the whole


10 thoughts on “Mr Bones

  1. says:

    The first thing you should know is that many of these stories have already been published in The New Yorker the Atlantic and other esteemed magazine The second thing is that they’re good – deceptively simple powerful and in the end unsettlingTake the eponymous story Mr Bones for example On the surface it’s about a cowered hus

  2. says:

    A very enjoyable collection of short stories about broken people The characters range from mentally ill to filled with vengeance to

  3. says:

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads GiveawayI barely got halfway through this book before I put it down and just couldn't make myself pick it up again The characters in each of the stories I read were nasty without a shred of relatable humanity to be found The story lines while imaginative were entirely perpetrated by characters I could not possibly care less about and whose motivations were indiscernible making it im

  4. says:

    Mr Bones by Paul Theroux is a very highly recommended wonderfully descriptive collection of twenty short stories There sho

  5. says:

    Theroux is a gifted writer; this is my first time reading him and it's great to discover a new author He is capable of creating comp

  6. says:

    Something gets lost here between the idea and the execution Every story begins with a provocative concept include several insightful paragraphs and observations only to bog down in unnecessary description and explication They lack any sense of tension and release; I've never seen insanity and depravity look so casual and boring Maybe that was Theroux's goal but getting through this collection was a frustrating slog

  7. says:

    Mr Bones Paul Theroux’s hand is deft and at times brilliant in this collection of stories I particularly like

  8. says:

    This is my first foray into Theroux's shorter works Until now I've been immersed in his travel writing and novels So this was certainly different A strange amalgam of stories about relationships and sex Mainly written about foreigners and expat

  9. says:

    Theroux Paul Mr Bones Twenty Stories Houghton Mifflin Harcourt New York 2014 359pp27“Art is swindle” counseled the German refugee teacher and painter Josef Albers whose book “Interaction of Color” has become a clas

  10. says:

    That Theroux is known to be a travel writer is evident from the tropical settings for these tales However what is most interesting is his approach that a White male tourist of age in an Eastern country is not so much intrepid as he is vulnerabl

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