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387 Short Stories : Day 320 to Day 325

Here are the six stories read till the 30th of October 2014:

Day 320: 25th of October 2014: The Writer by Ellis Sharp
Day 321: 26th of October 2014: The Faber Book of Adultery by Jonathan Gibbs
Day 322: 27th of October 2014: I Arrive First by Emma Jane Unsworth
Day 323: 28th of October 2014: Private Tuition with Mr. Bose by Anita Desai
Day 324: 29th of October 2014: Izzat by Ashapurna Devi
Day 325: 30th of October 2014: The Hijra by Kamala Das

387 Short Stories : Day 294 to Day 318

Day 294: 29th of September 2014: Zelig by Benjamin Rosenblatt
Day 295: 30th of September 2014: Wild Plums by Grace Stone Coates
Day 296: 1st of October 2014: Willi by E.L. Doctorow
Day 297: 2nd of October 2014: A Poetics for Bullies by Stanley Elkin
Day 298: 3rd of October 2014: Redemption by John Gardner
Day 299: 4th of October 2014: Verona: A Young Woman Speaks by Harold Brodkey
Day 300: 5th of October 2014: The Ledge by Lawrence Sargent Hall
Day 301: 6th of October 2014: Water Liars by Barry Hannah
Day 302: 7th of October 2014: Least Resistance by Wayne Harrison
Day 303: 8th of October 2014: Into Silence by Marlin Barton
Day 304: 9th of October 2014: Bullet Number Two by Hannah Tinti
Day 305: 10th of October 2014: Do Something by Kate Walbert
Day 306: 11th of October 2014: The Bris by Eileen Polllack
Day 307: 12th of October 2014: Allegiance by Aryn Kayle
Day 308: 13th of October 2014: Balto by T.C. Boyle
Day 309: 14th of October 2014: Gunpowder Alley by Bill Pronzini
Day 310: 15th of October 2014: Midair by Frank Conroy
Day 311: 16th of October 2014: The Bystander by Gina Berriault
Day 312: 17th of October 2014: The Lover of Horses by Tess Gallagher
Day 313: 18th of October 2014: Rock Springs by Richard Ford
Day 314: 19th of October 2014: The Misfits by Arthur Miller
Day 315: 20th of October 2014: Akhnilo by James Salter
Day 316: 21st of October 2014: Walking Out by David Quammen
Day 317: 22nd of October 2014: Letters from the Samantha by Mark Helprin
Day 318: 23rd of October 2014: Bright and Morning Star by Richard Wright

387 Short Stories : Update: Day 237 to Day 254

A long round-up of 387 short stories, which will soon come to an end on December 31, 2014. I will for sure miss it.

Here is the list this time round:

Day 237: 3rd of August 2014: Ping by Samuel Beckett
Day 238: 4th of August 2014: The Burning Baby by Dylan Thomas
Day 239: 5th of August 2014: The Enigma by John Fowles
Day 240: 6th of August 2014: In the Hours of Darkness by Edna O’Brien
Day 241: 7th of August 2014: Weekend by Fay Weldon
Day 242: 8th of August 2014: Structural Anthropology by Adam Mars-Jones
Day 243: 9th of August 2014: Flora by David Rose
Day 244: 10th of August 2014: The Pensioner by William Caine
Day 245: 11th of August 2014: Broadsheet Ballad by A.E. Coppard
Day 246: 12th of August 2014: A Hedonist by John Galsworthy
Day 247: 13th of August 2014: The Song by May Edginton
Day 248: 14th of August 2014: Seaton’s Aunt by Walter de la Mare
Day 249: 15th of August 2014: The Christmas Present by Richard Crompton
Day 250: 16th of August 2014: The Olive by Algernon Blackwood
Day 251: 17th of August 2014: Bedbugs by Clive Sinclair
Day 252: 18th of August 2014: My Wife is a White Russian by Rose Tremain
Day 253: 19th of August 2014: The Rain Horse by Ted Hughes
Day 254: 20th of August 2014: More Friend than Lodger by Angus Wilson

387 Short Stories – Day 227 to Day 236

Day 227: 24th of July 2014: Farmer Airlines by Yasutaka Tsutsui
Day 228: 25th of July 2014: A Very Strange, Enchanted Boy by Yuko Tsushima
Day 229: 26th of July 2014: Desert Dolphin by Masahiko Shimada
Day 230: 27th of July 2014: Blowfish by Ton Satomi
Day 231: 28th of July 2014: Night Fires by Naoya Shiga
Day 232: 29th of July 2014: Sansho the Steward by Ogai Mori
Day 233: 30th of July 2014: The Peony Garden by Kafu Nagai
Day 234: 31st of July 2014: Separate Ways by Ichiyo Higuchi
Day 235: 1st of August 2014: The White Mother by Theodor Sologub
Day 236: 2nd of August 2014: Lazarus by Leonid Andreyev

This is the round-up for 387 Short Stories.

Can’t and Won’t: Stories by Lydia Davis

Can't and Won't by Lydia Davis Title: Can’t and Won’t: Stories
Author: Lydia Davis
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 978-0374118587
Genre: Short Stories
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5

When Lydia Davis writes short stories, you take notice. You observe them and linger in their bitter or sweet after-thought. You also get confused. You wonder what her stories are about. As a reader, you also want to give up some times. You do not want to turn the next page. That is what you feel like and you cannot help it. You keep the book aside and after some time you get back to the book and then it hits on you, what you have been missing out on. And then the true beauty of her writing hits you.

Lydia Davis’s new collection of stories, “Can’t and Won’t” is a fantastic collection of vignettes, of short stories and of really long stories. At some point, I did not have it in me to soldier on, and yet I did. I think most of it also had to do with the fact that I had read Davis’s stories earlier. So my recommendation would be that to read some of her works online and then you will absolutely love what she writes and the way she expresses herself.

“Can’t and Won’t” is a collection that makes you ponder, makes you doubt, leaves you confused, perplexed and at the same time wrenches your heart with the most basic observations about life and living. Most of these stories are either retellings of her dreams, or related to Flaubert’s life (which are brilliantly reconstructed) or tales that are about painful memories and indecision and wanting to deal with life.

The stories are sometimes complex, sometimes simple and sometimes just make you want to drop everything else and think about life. “Can’t and Won’t” is expansive. It is a collection that challenges you, delivered in well prose and above all conjures a sense of wonder and delight, with every turn of the page.

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Good-Bye by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

Good-Bye by Yoshihiro Tatsumi Title: Good-Bye
Author: Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
ISBN: 978-1897299371
Genre: Graphic Novel, Manga
Pages: 208
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5/5

Manga is an art that grows on you. It is also an art form that makes you appreciate the beauty of stillness and subtlety. So when there are graphic novels to be read, there is also Manga which I feel is quite different and a genre of its own than being classified under Graphic Novels. Tatsumi happened to me when I was browsing through Landmark, Bombay, about ten years ago with a very dear friend. That was another book. This time I spotted him at Blossom and could not have been more excited. I knew I had to buy it and I was not wrong about it at all.

“Good-Bye” is a collection of short stories told in Manga. Tatsumi is perhaps one writer that just brings out the best when it comes to Manga, or at least from all that I have read. Tatsumi in this collection portrays a Japanese society – during WWII, in the aftermath of the atomic bomb and post the war.

The stories are about trapped protagonists, who seem to have no choice at all. They are stuck in circumstances that are beyond their control and they have to make sense of the world around them. Right from “Hell” which is about post-Hiroshima attack to “Good-Bye” which is a story of a woman trying to survive after the war, by using her body – the stories are real and laced with pathos and sometimes tragic humour.

What struck me the most was how beautifully Tatsumi managed to bring out the emotions in the entire book. From anger to helplessness to pure love and longing, everything is meticulously laid out for the reader to savour and add in a bit of his or her angst as well. All in all, this book is meant to be relished, page by page, illustration by illustration.

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387 Short Stories : Day 154 to Day 175

There have been so many stories now. So many more to come. It always feels gratifying to read each and every one of them. I love the way this project is progressing. I love how one story is so different from the other. I love how life just shapes through these stories. Love all of this and more.

Here is the updated list from where I left off:

Day 154: 12th of May 2014: Tributaries by Ramona Asubel
Day 155: 13th of May 2014: In the Rain by Stephen Barthelme
Day 156: 14th of May 2014: The First Day of Winter by Breece D’J Pancake
Day 157: 15th of May 2014: “Do the Windows Open?” by Julie Hecht
Day 158: 16th of May 2014: Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin
Day 159: 17th of May 2014: Winter Chemistry by Joy Williams
Day 160: 18th of May 2014: Orientation by Daniel Orozco
Day 161: 19th of May 2014: Death in Miami Beach by Herbert Gold
Day 162: 20th of May 2014: In Dreams Begin Possibilities by Delmore Schwartz
Day 163: 21st of May 2014: The Sex Lives of African Girls by Taiye Selasi
Day 164: 22nd of May 2014: Marion by Emma Cline
Day 165: 23rd of May 2014: Further Adventures in the Restless Universe by Dawn Raffel
Day 166: 24th of May 2014: Alone with You by Marisa Silver
Day 167: 25th of May 2014: How to Escape from a Leper Colony by Tiphanie Yanique
Day 168: 26th of May 2014: Dinner by Alissa Nutting
Day 169: 27th of May 2014: Boys and Girls Like You and Me by Aryn Kyle
Day 170: 28th of May 2014: Sluts at Heart by Adam Wilson
Day 171: 29th of May 2014: The People of Sand and Slag by Paolo Bacigalupi
Day 172: 30th of May 2014: Cabal by Clive Barker
Day 173: 31st of May 2014: The Scarlatti Tilt by Richard Braughtigan
Day 174: 1st of June 2014: Facing the Music by Larry Brown
Day 175: 2nd of June 2014: The Mezzotint by M.R. James