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Everything is Nice: Collected Stories, Fragments and Plays [Paperback]

Jane Bowles

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6 Dec 2012
Jane Bowles wrote very little: just one perfect novel, Two Serious Ladies, a play, In the Summer House, and the dozen or so stories collected in this volume. But it was enough to establish a reputation as one of the twentieth century's most original fiction writers. From the title story where an American woman is led to a house in a 'blue moslem town' by a veiled woman with porcupines in her basket, to Camp Cataract, a Colorado-based tour de force of middle-class claustrophobia and dread, Everything is Nice takes you into an edgy and exhilarating, tragicomic world. This beautifully produced volume includes all of Jane Bowles's stories, together with the fragments of two further novels, and three stories that originally formed a part of Two Serious Ladies, before the book was edited by Paul Bowles. The book also includes the full text of In the Summer House, and two other short plays, A Quarelling Pair and At the Jumping Bean. Together with Two Serious Ladies, it represents Jane Bowles's complete fictional output.

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'Readers who've not yet read Jane Bowles are almost to be envied, like people who've still to read Austen or Mansfield or Woolf, and have all the delight, the literary satisfaction, the shock of classic originality, the revelation of such good writing, still to come.' -- Ali Smith

'No other writer can consistently produce surprise of this quality, the surprise that is the one essential ingredient of great art. Jane Bowles deals almost exclusively in this rare commodity' --John Ashberry

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Definitive edition of Jane Bowles' stories, together with her play, In the Summer House, a biographical chronology and photos.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and very short 14 May 2014
By Karen Story - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this thinking it was a selection of short stories. In fact, it is a single short story, and it is VERY short and not at all memorable. Don't waste your money.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another singular among singulars 20 Jan 2014
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Neither can the sentences of Jane Bowles be said to end where they start. She has long been a cult writer with a large following. Sharp-eyed, acerbic, askew of anything one might expect -- for those who like writing with original voice, if you've missed Jane Bowles, her stories -- and especially, her one novel, Two Serious Ladies, I recommend it to those who are less interested in plot line than in discovering something in themselves unbidden. If the reader
knows her life story, It amplifies and expands the odd insights to be found here. I say odd. They are definitely not universal. Nor, can they be called 'literary'. I still read Proust, Chekhov, Doestoevsky, Tolstoy, Rilke, Kafka. Neither Bowles nor Walser are geniuses. They wrote of necessity. All the best work is generated by necessity.

From the Madding Crowd - Sandra Stone, Portland Oregon and elsewhere. See my reviews. Find my two books if you can. Thank you for reading this.
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd and awesome 16 Jan 2014
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I love Jane Bowles but it's not for everyone. It's weird and kind of funny and kind of touching and leaves you with a very strange feeling. Really unique and wonderful, imo.
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