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Eleven Kinds of Loneliness (Vintage Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Yates
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"The most perceptive author of the twentieth century" The Times "Yates is a realist par excellence, the natural heir to Hemingway's pared-to-the-bones style and the antecedent of Carver's flat minimalism. There is something else though: a kind of transparency, almost a translucency, that owes more to Fitzgerald, his great literary hero... Read and weep" -- Kate Atkinson Guardian "Yates created what is almost the New York equivalent of Dubliners" New York Times "Eloquent and powerful... Wryly funny even when he's quietly tearing your heart out" Harper's "Extravagantly gifted... Yates' eye and ear are unsurpassed; I know of no writer whose senses are in more admirable condition. It is they that make his characters live, make these stories move and beat - they, and the sure perfection of his writing" Esquire

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A mesmerising collection of stories from the superb Richard Yates

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (14 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LLIEB6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,446 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Richard Yates was born in 1926 in New York and lived in California. His prize-winning stories began to appear in 1953 and his first novel, Revolutionary Road, was nominated for the National Book Award in 1961. He is the author of eight other works, including the novels A Good School, The Easter Parade, and Disturbing the Peace, and two collections of short stories, Eleven Kinds of Loneliness and Liars in Love. He died in 1992.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sometimes sad and sometimes tender 21 July 2009
Format:Paperback
In these eleven stories, Yates (a great writer who truly deserves being rediscovered as he is now) writes about loneliness, about yearning, about details we endlessly recognise in our own lives.
The stories are short, heart felt, sometimes sad and sometimes tender. Yates evokes brilliantly the doubts and ambitions that burn us up and use us up, his characters are all flawed, and yet fascinating. Some people may find some of the stories a little depressing, I can honestly say I just found them thought provoking, real, and refreshing.
A great writer who takes eleven opportunities to craft eleven very different tales.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eleven Kinds of Loneliness 12 May 2010
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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When you read a lot of books, whether they be good or bad, when something extremely well written comes along it stands out immediately. Whether it be a certain quality of writing, or the ability to connect emotionally, or cutting to the heart of the matter as simply as possible or an amalgamation of these, it is very special when they come along. `Eleven Kinds of Loneliness' is one of these books and by the time I had read the first short story on offer, I was held enthralled until I had reached the end. This has eleven short stories that are mainly based in and around New York and have a slight melancholy feel to them, the delicious kind that makes you feel nostalgic without the depression that can come after. The theme of loneliness, in all it's forms, runs through this book and many stories are immensely poignant. Yates has the ability to draw you in and to help you connect with the characters in the stories until you feel their sadness', triumphs and notice their positive traits and flaws within yourself. This is perfect to dip into when you need that hit of top class literature, but is just as good to sit and read from cover to cover in one sitting. It is American literature at it's best and highly recommended reading.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 3 April 2009
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I had never heard of Richard Yates, but I added this because Amazon linked it to purchases I'd made of people like Bukowski and Raymond Carver. I'm a massive fan of their short stories, and this is right up there with them. So if you like them, read this. Eleven stories, all set in about the 50s, and all linked by New York (in that at least one of the characters is from there). It reads beautifully, he has a marvellous turn of phrase, and each story lasts just long enough, and lingers in the memory long after. Beautifully realised characters, it's slightly depressing, but not totally so (there are good times) and it's never maudlin. I will be buying more by Richard Yates.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eleven sad but brilliant stories 20 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
The common theme in all Yates' work is the disappointment experienced in dull, everyday lives, the gritty reality of dreams that always turn to dust, especially the souring of the American dream. If this sounds grim, well in a way it is, but the grimness is in the subject matter, not in the writing itself, which is nothing short of brilliant.

Apart from the theme of loneliness, these eleven stories are quite different from each other, ranging from awkward kids at school to soldiers home from war to married couples struggling to survive their failed relationships. Some of them are very funny as well as sad, especially the first story, Doctor Jack-o'-Lantern, which is one of the most inspired and hilarious short pieces of characterization I've ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 18 May 2009
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I recently discovered Yates - and I am so glad I did. This collection of short stories is thought-provoking, abiding, and beautifully written. The characters are vivid, and he captures the contradictions in the essence of 1950s America superbly. It is true that the stories are a little gloomy, but that doesn't mean there isn't real humour there too (redolent of Morrisey). I am glad I discovered Yates - a truly under-appreciated writer.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eleven out of Ten 14 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback
The first of many things to love about this book is the bold-as-you-like title. Eleven Kinds of Loneliness. Eleven Kinds of Loneliness? Man goes into publisher's office:
Man: I've got this book of stories I want you to publish.
Publisher: Oh yeah? Let me see that.
Man: Try this one.
Publisher: [reading] Well, this is gloomy as hell, buddy, but there's something there. Maybe we can get them in with a cheery title, they won't know what hit 'em.
Man: I have a title.
Publisher: How many stories have you got for the book?
Man: Eleven.
Publisher: And what's your title?
Man: ...Eleven Kinds of Loneliness.
Publisher: Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out, buddy.
And yet - it worked. Eleven Kinds of Loneliness was published, and acclaimed, shortly after Revolutionary Road. Didn't sell, of course, but what do you expect? It is gloomy as hell - but there's most certainly something there. More than something: misery, humiliation, pity, desperation, weakness, ignorance, bullying - oh and loneliness. But despite all this, the stories are bright-eyed and pink-tongued. They shine or bristle with life, even if it's not the sort of life you would conceivably care to share in. This is the sort of thing you get, from the second story, The Best of Everything, about a couple who are about to get married without either really wanting to:
"She'd have time for a long talk with her mother that night, and the next morning, "bright and early" (her eyes stung at the thought of her mother's plain, happy face), they would start getting dressed for the wedding. Then the church and the ceremony, and then the reception (Would her father get drunk?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eleven's Heaven
I used to tell anyone who'd listen that Anton Chekhov was the best short story writer who ever lived, with perhaps James Joyce (Dubliners) not far behind. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting the title on Kindle was so easy, and once I started re-reading...
I first read this volume shortly after it was published. I would have been around eleven years old at the time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by maelog
5.0 out of 5 stars Yates knows people
Very perceptive and sympathetic with the whole gamut of human failings and foibles. I love his whole oeuvre. Great read.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. M. E. Ainsworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent collection of short stories with a common theme
Eleven Kinds of Loneliness is a collection of 11 short stories, which are unrelated but all take place in the same general time period and location (post-WW2 New York). Read more
Published 10 months ago by CFB London
5.0 out of 5 stars Some short stories by excellent American writer
Each story is an aspect of an American life of the 30's -50's reflecting their economic and social situations in a particularly poignant way
Published 17 months ago by Gaynor
5.0 out of 5 stars Eleven kinds of brilliance
Maybe like a few readers, I first got wind of Yates thru the Hollywood film version of Revolutionary Road.

This is the perfect intro to this great writer. Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2012 by Oolong
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Richard Yates is a great story teller. Real insight into 1950's America - if you love Madmen you'll love this.
Published on 4 Dec 2012 by Max
5.0 out of 5 stars A man on men
A powerful and moving collection of short stories each of which give a sharp and telling glimpse of maleness, from the very first story of a misfit new-kid-in-the-class and... Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2012 by Kevin Chandler
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