The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel Hardcover – 15 May 2006
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Hempel deals with the quotidien often incorporating her deep affection for animals into her stories.
Hempel is compared, by author Rick Moody in the preface ,to Raymond Carver and Richard Ford.
However I feel Hempel to be a more sensitive soul and this comes across in these short stories.
However, I can't help but feel disappointed, having read the collection of her four short books of short stories/novellas.
Hempel writes almost tirelessly about things I have no personal interest in or experience of. This would probably be very interesting for others, but none of the reviews or descriptions warn you, so this is my warning to any future potential readers.
Main themes include pets, especially dogs, and children. If you have little experience of or interest in pet-ownership, child-ownership or loss of pets or loss of children, then this is not the book for you. I was bored by it. I skipped the end half of several of the many, many reflections on dogs and children. She describes at length a series of the most cliched and American of situations and scenes - things that as a non-American, I always thought were made up for adverts. Maybe they are, I don't know. Maybe to Americans this all rings true, but a lengthy description of Jello-based desserts; an outing with a frankly unrealistically childlike father and his equally and oppositely adult-like children, to a diner in the car; and White Picket Fence Neighbour anecdotes just don't interest me at all. I can't relate to any of this stuff. Fair enough, some Americans might, but I've definitely wasted my money here.
A couple of the stories had touching or thoughtful moments - one in particular, Memoir, is only a sentence long: "Just once in my life - oh, when have I ever wanted anything just once in my life?" I found that quite thought-provoking, quite witty and simple and elegant.Read more ›