Eleven Kinds of Loneliness

Eleven Kinds of Loneliness By Richard Yates am Ebook Richard Yates shone bright upon the publication of his first novel Revolutionary Road which was nominated for the

Eleven Kinds of Loneliness By Richard Yates am Ebook Richard Yates shone bright upon the publication of his first novel, Revolutionary Road, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 1961 It drew unbridled praise and branded Yates an important, new writer Kurt Vonnegut claimed that Revolutionary Road was The Great Gatsby of his time William Styron described it as A deft, ironic, beautiful novel that deserves to be a classic Tennessee Williams went one further and said, Here is than fine writing here is what, added to fine writing, makes a book come immediately, intensely, and brilliantly alive If is needed to make a masterpiece in modern American fiction, I am sure I don t know what it is In 1962 Eleven Kinds of Loneliness was published, his first collection of short stories It too had praise heaped upon it Kurt Vonnegut said it was the best short story collection ever written by an American Yates writing skills were further utilized when, upon returning from Los Angeles, he began working as a speechwriter for then Senator Robert F Kennedy until the assassination of JFK From there he moved onto Iowa where, as a creative writing teacher, he would influence and inspire writers such as Andre Dubus and Dewitt Henry.His third novel, Disturbing the Peace, was published in 1975 Perhaps his second most well known novel, The Easter Parade, was published in 1976 The story follows the lives of the Grimes sisters and ends in typical Yatesian fashion, replicating the disappointed lives of Revolutionary Road However, Yates began to find himself as a writer cut adrift in a sea fast turning towards postmodernism yet, he would stay true to realism His heroes and influences remained the classics of F Scott Fitzgerald, Flaubert and short story master, Chekov.It was to his school and army days that Richard turned to for his next novel, A Good School, which was quickly followed by his second collection of short stories, Liars in Love Young Hearts Crying emerged in 1984 followed two years later with Cold Spring Harbour, which would prove to be his final completed novel.Like the fate of his hero, Flaubert, whose novel Madame Bovary influenced Revolutionary Road and The Easter Parade, Richard Yates works are enjoying a posthumous renaissance, attracting newly devoted fans across the Atlantic and beyond.. Richard Yates s unflinchingly realistic stories explore loneliness, but they don t neglect failure, cruelty, and heartbreak Most of the stories feature men who have been disappointed, somehow, by their inability to fulfill the promise of their youth.Contents Doctor Jack o lantern The Best of Everything Jody Rolled The Bones No Pain Whatsoever A Glutton for PunisRichard Yates s unflinchingly realistic stories explore loneliness, but they don t neglect failure, cruelty, and heartbreak Most of the stories feature men who have been disappointed, somehow, by their inability to fulfill the promise of their youth.Contents Doctor Jack o lantern The Best of Everything Jody Rolled The Bones No Pain Whatsoever A Glutton for Punishment A Wrestler with Sharks Fun with a Stranger The B.A.R Man A Really Good Jazz Piano Out with the Old Builders. Bestseller Books Eleven Kinds of Loneliness There are eleven short stories in this collection published as part of the 1980s Vintage Contemporaries series. Since there are many other reviews either synopsizing or speaking to all eleven, in the spirit of freshness and what I hope is a unique way to share some of Richard Yates’ first-rate fiction, I will confine my review to one story I have always found incredibly insightful, a story about a man fired from his office job. Coincidentally, there are eleven markers or movements, eleven near-predictable events that unfold on the day anyone is fired. Richard Yates captures these movements with pinpoint accuracy in his beautifully rendered story A Glutton for Punishment. 1. The Fond Memory – Walter Henderson knew all along it was only a matter of time. His performance in his new, more demanding job has been terrible, and as soon as he walked off the elevator and back to his office cubical he knew today was his last day. Taking his seat behind his desk his mind floats back to a time he hasn’t remembered in years. He’s a nine-year-old playing a game with his buddies where they would take turns getting shot on top of a hill. “Then the performer would stop, turn, stand poised for a moment in graceful agony, pitch over and fall down the hill in a whirl of arms and legs and a splendid cloud of dust, and finally sprawl flat at the bottom, a rumpled corpse.” Walter loved the game and gave it his everything. Years later in high school, in a similar spirit, he enjoyed getting injured during a football game and being carried off the field. His teammates always said he was a glutton for punishment.2. The Inevitable Showdown - Sure enough, Walter’s manager, George Crowell, asks him to step into his office for a minute. George delivers the bad news ending with, “We do a highly specialized kind of work here and we can’t expect everybody to stay on top of the job. In your case particularly, we really feel you’d be happier in some organization better suited to your – abilities.” It’s that pause before the last word that says it all. Manager George thinks Walt is completely devoid of abilities.3. The Fond Farewell – But managers are trained to be masters of the human touch. Accordingly, we read: “Crowell got up quickly and came around the desk with both hands held out – one to shake Walter’s hand, the other to put on his shoulder as they walked to the door. The gesture, at once friendly and humiliating brought a quick rush of blood to Walter’s throat, and for a terrible second he thought he might be going to cry.” But since we modern people have learned to be masters of our emotions in public, Walter does not cry or openly express his feelings. 4. The Disbelief – Walter tells Mary, his secretary, and colleagues Joe Collins and Fred Holmes he’s leaving since he got the ax. Right on cue, as if a mini Greek chorus, all three raise their eyebrows, shake their heads and fume at the injustice. “How can they?” “What the hell’s the matter with these people?” Too bad Hollywood people are not present - they could give out Emmy awards. 5. The Whole Office – Joe and Fred join Walter as he walks to the elevator. Again, as if on cue, the full white collar Greek chorus appears to shake Walter’s hand, wish him luck and ask him to keep in touch. Sidebar: Five minutes after Walter takes the down elevator, other than perhaps being on the receiving end of a few stinging wisecracks, he is completely forgotten. Walter who? 6. The Wanderer – In a state of semi-shock, Walter walks along Lexington Avenue for over an hour. He tries to gather himself, “The thing to do was get busy now, and start looking for a job. The only trouble, he realized, coming to a stop again and looking around was that he didn’t know where he was going. He was somewhere in the upper Forties, on a corner that was bright with florist shops and taxicabs, alive with well-dressed men and women walking in the clear spring air. A telephone was what he needed first.” Ah, yes, of course, time to take action and make all those important calls to get himself another job – as soon as possible, if not sooner. 7. The Calls – As anybody knows who’s been fired and hits the telephone to call employment agencies and a couple of “friends” about job openings in your field, the answer is nearly always: “Nothing now, we will be back with you when we know of an opening.’’ As the hours pass, it finally sinks in: you don’t have a job and you are now among the ranks of the unemployed. Not a warm, fussy feeling, especially if, like Walter, you have a spouse and a couple of kids. 8. The Master Plan – Walt decides to kill the next few hours until its time to return home by going to the Public Library on 42nd Street. He reads some issues of Life magazine, walks out onto the library steps and reflects back on happier times, when he met his wife for a first date at this very spot. After further reflection, Walt devises his decisive plan of attack: he will simply keep the fact that he was fired to himself rather than tell his wife. George handed him a check to carry him through the end of the month, enough time for him to find a new job. So, all is well after all. No problem. 9. Home – Part 1: The Cover-Up – Walter’s wife tells him that he looks tired and worn out. Walter, of course, assures her he is just fine. Over the next hour, the kids winning, the sound of his wife’s concerned voice, the cigarettes, even the liquor, every moment strikes Walter as a kind of torture. 10. Home – Part 2: The Telling Question – His wife senses something is terribly wrong. Finally, looking him in the eyes, she says: “Tell me the truth. Is it the job? Is it about – what you were afraid of last week? The faint lines in her face seemed to have deepen. She suddenly looked severe and much older.11. The Truth – Richard Yates closes the story: “He began to walk slowly away toward an easy chair across the room, and the shape of his back was an eloquent statement and seemed to stiffen, a wounded man holding himself together, then he turned around and faced her with the suggestion of a melancholy smile. “Well, darling –“ he began. His right hand came up and touched the middle button of his shirt, and if to unfasten it, and then with a great deflating sigh he collapsed backward into the chair, one foot sliding out on the carpet and the other curled beneath him. It was the most graceful thing he had done all day. “They got me,” he said.
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  1. Richard Yates shone bright upon the publication of his first novel, Revolutionary Road, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 1961 It drew unbridled praise and branded Yates an important, new writer Kurt Vonnegut claimed that Revolutionary Road was The Great Gatsby of his time William Styron described it as A deft, ironic, beautiful novel that deserves to be a classic Tennessee Williams went one further and said, Here is than fine writing here is what, added to fine writing, makes a book come immediately, intensely, and brilliantly alive If is needed to make a masterpiece in modern American fiction, I am sure I don t know what it is In 1962 Eleven Kinds of Loneliness was published, his first collection of short stories It too had praise heaped upon it Kurt Vonnegut said it was the best short story collection ever written by an American Yates writing skills were further utilized when, upon returning from Los Angeles, he began working as a speechwriter for then Senator Robert F Kennedy until the assassination of JFK From there he moved onto Iowa where, as a creative writing teacher, he would influence and inspire writers such as Andre Dubus and Dewitt Henry.His third novel, Disturbing the Peace, was published in 1975 Perhaps his second most well known novel, The Easter Parade, was published in 1976 The story follows the lives of the Grimes sisters and ends in typical Yatesian fashion, replicating the disappointed lives of Revolutionary Road However, Yates began to find himself as a writer cut adrift in a sea fast turning towards postmodernism yet, he would stay true to realism His heroes and influences remained the classics of F Scott Fitzgerald, Flaubert and short story master, Chekov.It was to his school and army days that Richard turned to for his next novel, A Good School, which was quickly followed by his second collection of short stories, Liars in Love Young Hearts Crying emerged in 1984 followed two years later with Cold Spring Harbour, which would prove to be his final completed novel.Like the fate of his hero, Flaubert, whose novel Madame Bovary influenced Revolutionary Road and The Easter Parade, Richard Yates works are enjoying a posthumous renaissance, attracting newly devoted fans across the Atlantic and beyond.

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  1. There are eleven short stories in this collection published as part of the 1980s Vintage Contemporaries series Since there are many other reviews either synopsizing or speaking to all eleven, in the spirit of freshness and what I hope is a unique way to share some of Richard Yates first rate fiction, I will confine my review to one story I have always found incredibly insightful, a story about a man fired from his office job Coincidentally, there are eleven markers or movements, eleven near pred [...]


  2. Hello darkness, my old friend,I ve come to talk with you again Books about loneliness are often disturbing, depressing, sad, yet I find myself coming back to their silence and their closely shuttered windows Hrabal, McCullers, Ebenezer le Page, Tarjei Vesaas, Charles Frazier to name only a few recent lectures , like a glutton for punishment, as if I didn t know already all there is to know about loneliness from my own past experiences It may be because they are in their way honest than my usual [...]


  3. Die Gr e eines Menschen liegt in der Menschlichkeit, nicht in der Vortrefflichkeit English Review follows Yates hat es einmal so formuliert Wenn meine Arbeit ein Thema hat, ist es vermutlich ein einfaches dass die Menschen unentrinnbar allein sind, und darin liegt ihre Trag die.Je lter Yates wurde, umso mehr litt er selbst unter dieser Einsamkeit.Zu den Geschichten Mir hat Alles, alles Gute und Baumeister am besten gefallen Auf diese m chte ich hier kurz eingehen In Alles, alles Gute sind Grace [...]


  4. Una voce inimitabile narra con energia e grazia la disperazione e l emarginazione, la ribellione e la gioia L imperfezione dello stile si nutre di infinito talento e con sguardo penetrante attraversa la trasparenza e le lacrime, per giungere a un grado assoluto di tragica onest e volontaria fatalit I racconti di Yates, singolari in maniera irriducibile, costruiscono l intimit con il lettore nel reciproco inganno che duplica piano biografico e letterario, mescola progetti inesistenti con antiche [...]


  5. More like Eleven Kinds Of Brilliance What can I say Each story in this book is a gem.Richard Yates is best known for his debut 1961 novelRevolutionary Road, but his influence on decades of short story writers especially those working in realism, like Tobias Wolff and Raymond Carver is obvious.The themes in these stories, published in magazines before RR but collected in book form and released the year after 1962 , are timeless ordinary people dissatisfied with relationships, family or work, copi [...]


  6. La dodicesima solitudineLe opere di questo autore mi hanno sempre fatto venire in mente i quadri di Hopper In entrambi i casi pare esserci la stessa atmosfera, la stessa luce radente e spietata, capace da sola di mettere a nudo quel senso di sterminata, ordinaria solitudine quotidiana Quella insita nella vita stessa.Qui abbiamo un campionario di undici esistenze paradigmatiche nella loro solitudine Un campionario di disadattati, delle loro nevrosi, manie, fallimenti.Yates un maestro nel fotograf [...]


  7. Vien senz altro spontaneo provare piacere alla vista di una cosa ben fattaPrendete R Ford e toglietegli quello che ha di eccessivo, poi prendete R Carver e aggiungetegli ci che gli manca Uniteli, mescolateli e serviteli in undici calici a tulipano Queste sono le istruzioni per realizzare il miglior processo di sintesi minimalista, peccato che siano inutili se non si possiede il talento di Richard Yates.Gli undici racconti sono ambientati negli anni 50 ma per il fenomeno del disassamento temporal [...]


  8. Western Motel 1957 de Edward HopperEm 2014 li dois romances do escritor norte americano Richard Yates 1926 1992 , O Desfile da Primavera 1976 5 estrelas e Perto da Felicidade 1986 4 estrelas.Depois de ler na lind ssima capa da edi o portuguesa de Onze Tipos de Solid o quadro Western Motel 1957 de Edward Hopper uma refer ncia do escritor Kurt Vonnegut, designando que Richard Yates o melhor contador de hist rias americano , decidi iniciar a sua leitura Onze Tipos de Solid o um livro de contos, pub [...]


  9. ogni cosa illuminata ma con una luce fredda tipo camerino yates punta il suo fascio impietoso senza pietas, senza alcuna partecipazione per dirci che ogni individuo solo, solo a modo suo e infelice, per parafrasare ancora meglio tolstoj tanto pi che i protagonisti di questi kinds of loneliness hanno quasi sempre il sapore di comprimari non sono amleto che declama il suo monologo a effetto e tutti lo stanno a sentire, semmai sono rosencrantz e guildestern come in quel geniale e vecchio film di to [...]


  10. Com Onze Tipos de Solid o, voltei finalmente a Richard Yates Revolutionary Road um dos meus livros preferidos de sempre, mas O Desfile da Primavera deixou me algo indiferente suspeito que por t lo lido na altura errada conto l voltar Desta vez, quis conhecer a faceta de contista do escritor norte americano e posso dizer que esta colet nea de contos, subordinada ao tema da solid o, fez renascer o meu amor por Yates.A grande maioria dos contos n o tem mais do que 15 20 p ginas este dado torna se a [...]


  11. Note This will be an ongoing review as I ve been endeavouring to do for anthologies and collections I just feel that every story deserves a little time in the sun FINISHED This has been on my shelves gathering dust for a while now The title just sounded so melodramatic, and Yates had a reputation for being on the grave side Now that the dust has been wiped away, and I m reading, I ve discovered that these stories are breathtaking and I m using that clich here as there isn t a better substitute E [...]


  12. Ho ripreso familiarit con Yates lentamente, visto che trascorso qualche anno dall ultima volta che l ho letto Dopo un inizio guardingo, ancora sotto l effetto dei racconti di Hemingway e dei suoi superuomini, sono entrata subito nel disagiato mondo di Yates, ho letto storie di falliti, buoni a nulla, uomini ma anche donne soli perch incompresi dagli altri, dalla famiglia, ma in primo luogo da s stessi, incapaci di inseguire un qualsiasi sogno o illusione perch inadatti a crearselo Grandissima l [...]


  13. You know that a collection of short stories is good, when the worst of them deserves 3 stars Eleven Kinds of Loneliness includes 11 stories each of which, as the title suggests, deals with a different kind of loneliness However, you won t find recently broken up guys and lonely spinsters here No, nothing so obvious Loneliness can take many forms, most of which are so subtle, you can t even tell they re there and that s exactly why this book takes 4.5 stars from me Because Yates touched difficult [...]


  14. richard yates in usta bir yazar oldu unu ba ms zl k yolu roman nda anlam t m buradaki yk lerde de sava sonras amerika s n o kadar g zel anlat yor ki yk lerin kahramanlar hayal k r kl na u ram ocuklardan yine hayal k r kl yla ya ayan eski askerlere, mutsuz evliliklerini sak z gibi uzatan kad n ve erkeklere, lece ini bile bile ya ama tutunmaya al an verem hastalar na kadar de i iyor t m yk lerin ortak noktas ise ad ndan belli olaca zere asl nda i ten i e hepsini kavuran yaln zl kn yk biraz daha fa [...]


  15. Onze hist rias de solid o um conjunto de 11 contos diversos, em que os protagonistas habitam e abra am a sua pr pria solid o No final, estamos todos sozinhos, por mais pessoas que estejam nossa volta.Um pouco indecisa entre as 4 e as 5 estrelas



  16. Ammetto che, fino a poche settimane prima di acquistare questo libro, non conoscevo nemmeno l autore, se non giusto di nome Poi per mi sono imbattuta, un po per caso, in poche righe che commentavano questi racconti, e nonostante questo commento in particolare non dicesse nulla di particolare, questo libriccino mi entrato in testa, e cos , non appena mi si presentata l occasione, l ho acquistato e subito letto.Solitamente faccio fatica ad apprezzare i racconti brevi, molto pi facile che mi innamo [...]


  17. There is a crack in everything,That s how the light gets in Dico la verit , nonostante ami molto Yates e abbia letto praticamente tutto quanto di suo stato tradotto fin qui in italiano, a eccezione, credo, di un altra raccolta di racconti, queste sue Undici solitudini, fatta salva la sua indiscussa qualit di scrittura e il distintivo tratto autobiografico che caratterizza, sempre, i suoi racconti e i suoi romanzi, non mi avevano colpita particolarmente.Non mi avevano colpita particolarmente, a d [...]


  18. Wie entsteht Einsamkeit in der Gesellschaft Welche Folgen hat Einsamkeit und wie kann es sein, dass man sich st ndig unter Menschen befindet und doch einsam ist Mit solchen Fragen besch ftigt sich dieser Kurzgeschichtenband des renommierten amerikanischen Autors Das Buch enth lt wie der Titel es vermuten l sst elf Kurzgeschichten, in denen das Thema Einsamkeit im Mittelpunkt steht, sei es Einsamkeit aufgrund eines geringen sozialen Status, einer unklug geschlossenen Ehe, Krankheit oder mangelnde [...]


  19. Koi Yeh Kaise Bataaye Ke Wo Tanha Kyoon Hai, Wo jo apna thaa wahi aur kisi ka kyoon hai Yahi duniya hai to phir aisee ye duniya kyoon hai Yahi hota hai to aakhir yahi hota kyoon hai Kaifi Azmi from the movie Arth How does one explain away his loneliness to another, That which was once his now belonging to another If this how the world is , why is this world like that, If this is what is supposed to happen,then why does it happen soSome days it feels like there are as many Kinds of Loneliness as [...]


  20. Terribilmente gonfi di tristezza Ecco come definirei questi racconti Una solitudine declinata in 11 modi diversi, alcuni pi efficaci e pi toccanti di altri, ma tutti ugualmente scritti con uno stile magistrale diretto, nudo, senza mai una parola di troppo, che mi ha ricordato inevitabilmente Raymond Carver, anche se leggermente meno crudele Ma neppure Yates ci regala dei lieti fini e la malinconia e il dolore sordo che questa raccolta ci lascia addosso non scivolano via facilmente.


  21. Eleven perfect slices from the master in dissecting the lives of Americans in the 1950 s and exposing lurking tragedy and underlying despair However, his themes of unhappiness and doomed love, and smothered dreams and ambitions are timeless Replace the obsession with living the American Dream in the suburbs with creating a picture perfect Instagram life, and what has changed The vague sense of futility and failure and the feeling of restlessness haven t There are no weak stories in this bunch, o [...]


  22. This book or rather, collection of short stories, is superb This was the third work of Yates that I have read and I think it may be my favorite Each story was so rich with raw human emotion that I could feel the characters pain in my stomach Yates ability to convey the human condition is uncanny He is by far the best writer I have ever read There may be other writers who have written important or revolutionary works, who have crafted intricate plots, but I have never encountered another writer [...]


  23. I gather that this book is often called New York s Dubliners, but it seemed to be Winesburg, OH than anything else dark, sympathetic, and radiating lonely despair I can t help but believe that Yates was probably a bitter old man, haunted as much by his mystifying failure to achieve success despite unalloyed critical acclaim for his writing as by the interpersonal catastrophes that must have provided at least partial material for his characteristic stories Each of these regrets manifests itself [...]


  24. Brilliant storytelling Flirting with loneliness, dancing with despair, standing on the edge of agony and failure Eleven slices of humanity They made me remember and want to watch again Kie lowski s Decalogue This has been my first encounter with Yates, and a truly happy bad choice of word here, though one.


  25. Alles andere als brillant, aber gelungene Kontextarbeit hebt den DurchschnittPers nliche Befangenheitserkl rungDrei Sterne als Mittelwert f r einen Erz hlungsband, der zwar nichts Au erordentliches enth lt, aber sein Konzept so weit ganz anst ndig durchzieht und damit eine bessere Bewertung an Land zieht, als es die Qualit t der Einzelerz hlungen rechtfertigen w rde Auf den ersten Blick war die Lekt re f r mich ziemlich entt uschend, da ich etliche Geschichten bereits kannte, auch wenn mir der T [...]


  26. 3.5 4 stelleUno pi bello dell altro, brevi storie che parlano di uomini e di donne e dei loro piccoli grandi drammi personali Yates molto efficace nel raccontarci degli spaccati della societ americana, senza fronzoli o mezze verit descrive situazioni e persone deboli, nevrotiche, e soprattutto sole, credo che la sua pi grande qualit sia presentarci la realt cos com , senza false speranze o consolazioni inutiliVi scrivo uno dei pezzi che ho pi amato, cos capite cosa intendo Questo allegro tono da [...]


  27. dicembre 2012 Carver, sei tu Yates sorprende, immagina personaggi, storie brevi, passa da un mondo all altro ci sono tracce di solitudine, persone che appaiono forti e pian piano si disgregano, crollano pagina dopo pagina, si fanno amare e poi ripudiare alla fine di ogni racconto Undici racconti e Yates non sbaglia una virgola, andiamo dallo stupendo al molto bello , 200 e passa pagine che scorrono fra emozioni contrastanti, un compendio su come i racconti brevi dovrebbero essere, crudi e dirett [...]


  28. Si pu amare un libro, ma odiarne ogni singola pagina, anzi riga Leggo un racconto al giorno, perch questa la dose massima di angoscia e disperazione che riesco a sopportare Poi passo un paio d ore rimuginando sul fallimento alla fin fine non di solitudini si tratta ma di fallimenti e cercando di scrollarmi di dosso il ricordo Ma leggere Yates un voluttuoso dolore mentale Non si riesce a saltare una riga e poi mi vien da pensare alla filmografia statunitense dello stesso periodo, con Doris Day e [...]



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