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Collected Stories of Breece D'J Pancake
on 13 July 2012
I came across Pancake by accident, he was mentioned in a review of "Once you break a knuckle" by DW Wilson, and I was instantly intrigued. In the review Kurt Vonnegut was quoted as saying "he is merely the best writer, the most sincere writer I've ever read." That was enough to spur me on to order the book of his collected stories, there are only a dozen stories. I finished it last night and am already looking forward to reading it again and savouring every word. It is so economically written, every word, as in poetry¸ has its specific place, and every word works hard. As Cormac McCarthy made the South his own, Pancake has made rural West Virginia his terroir and he brings the countryside to life with his profound knowledge of it. The stories as terse, gritty and told with power and grace, it you like Raymond Carver, you will love these. My only regret is that there are no more, I have read them all.