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Cruising Paradise: Tales (Vintage) [Paperback]

Sam Shepard

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1 Nov 1998 Vintage
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actor, ex-cowboy, and musician Sam Shepard now stands revealed as a storyteller of dazzling artistry. Bleak and wildly funny, touching but stringently unsentimental, these stories give readers a most intimate view of the writer who has become synonymous with the recklessness, stoicism, and solitude of American manhood.

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  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; 1st Vintage Books Ed edition (1 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679742174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679742173
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,087,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Experience art 28 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Through Cruising Paradise the voice of Sam Shepard kept me company during a week or two. I read his fragmented stories before falling asleep and felt at ease. I think it's the way he uses the language; lucid, clear, to the point, intense. The language flows and takes you to the images of endless roads, wide open spaces and the people who live there or just drive through it . You can feel the heat, you can hear the conversations, while all the time, in the back of your head Shepards voice leads you. He doesn't describe the situations in very much detail, he just lets the people talk, or think and that's enough. Wonderful experience. I believe it is the art of leaving out, to show what's there, in language and in imagery. Hope to find this again.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
While reading this book, I had to stop more than a few times either to catch my breath or close my eyes and let what I just read sink in. I grew up down on the Mexican border, and Shepard's descriptions of events in that part of the world rang true, and were written in a terse manner, as is appropriate for the setting and characters. Brilliant.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lean muscular book! 30 July 2002
By Joseph V. Garza - Published on Amazon.com
Cruising Paradise is a lean muscular book. The writing is sometimes brutal and always powerful. His writing is reminiscent of Hemingway and Jim Harrison, but with a Southwestern flair and a stronger sense of immediacy. It is not the plots or so much the characters in the story that drive the book, but the sense of movement and restlessness in the stories peppered with stoicism that make his stories so interesting. His stories seem to be autobiographical, even those he clearly passes off as fiction. Recommended stories in the book are Nuevo Mundo, A Small Company of Friends, and Cruising Paradise. If you are sick of reading books that seemed contrived or cliche' give this one a look.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A literary swipe through the psyche of random characters. 19 Sep 1996
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A collection of 40 or so short stories, vignettes, and diary entries. Some no more than half a page, but each is a beautiful unique brushstroke. The brushstrokes, when viewed alone, reveal the exposed emotions of a variety of male characters. Combined, they create a graphic painting of the raw and sometimes complex emotions of the American male. Many of the tales are so revealing that you will find yourself re-reading them in awe of their beauty in simplicity. Like any true short story artist, Sam Shepard can create a complex story while maintaining an economy with words. The result is unique, suprising, and constantly rewarding
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Isolationist literature hits home 30 Aug 1997
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The characters in Sam Shepard's Cruising Paradise are all sad and/or tragic figures. It is refreshing to read material that represents people not normally found in modern fiction. You can hear the voices of the protagonists in your head as they speak from the page (not surprisingly, they all sound much like Sam Shepard himself). The men in Cruising Paradise are all of a specific type - the idea of the Western or "man's man" is realistic. These characters all are trying to get a handle on how to be that specific type of person and often come up short. Sam Shepard's voice is poetic and passionate in a stand-offish way, but extremely true to character
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