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  • Author:
    Mark Richard
  • ISBN:
    0394564855
  • ISBN13:
    978-0394564852
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  • Publisher:
    Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition (April 8, 1989)
  • Pages:
    144 pages
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    Short Stories & Anthologies
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Vic was up to Norfolk again, checking on a washing machine for his many-childed wife, Steve Willis and I left to rip off the roof and hammer in the new shingles.

Vic was up to Norfolk again, checking on a washing machine for his many-childed wife, Steve Willis and I left to rip off the roof and hammer in the new shingles. Every month we do something in change for rent from Vic. Last month previous we strung three miles of pound net with bottom weights and cork toppers.

Published in the United States by Anchor Books, a division of Random House, In. New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto.

In these ten stories, Mark Richard, winner of the 1990 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award . This book is one of the most strange, surprising, saddening, and satisfying short story books I have read in a long time.

In these ten stories, Mark Richard, winner of the 1990 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award, emerges as the heir apparent to Mark Twain, Flannery O'Connor, and William Faulkner. Although it was written back in the 90's, it still has a timeless flair, worth delving into.

In these ten stories, Mark Richard, winner of the 1990 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award, emerges as. . With a distinctive and original voice, Mark Richard's stories capture characters on the fringe of society, and illuminate the goodness at the heart of their Southern, down-and-out lies. Full of startling images and harrowing epiphanies, The Ice at the Bottom of the World is a collection by a true master of his craft.Mark Richard has a gift for the rambling, underclass voice from the coastal South-he understands its poetry and its frustrations. Yet, despite Richard's ability to turn this into poetry, these stories are not easy reads: the narration is jangling, run-on, and monologic.

Mark Richard has talents that are so profound they transcend quantification or qualification, and if we continue to neglect great writers-such as Richard-into oblivion by declining their generous and gracious gifts in favor of the tv or other numbstruck visual entertainments, we deserve the perceptual.

Mark Richard has talents that are so profound they transcend quantification or qualification, and if we continue to neglect great writers-such as Richard-into oblivion by declining their generous and gracious gifts in favor of the tv or other numbstruck visual entertainments, we deserve the perceptual pabulum we consume and the distrophy of our hearts and brains that.

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With a distinctive and original voice, Mark Richard's stories capture .

With a distinctive and original voice, Mark Richard's stories capture characters on the fringe of society, and illuminat. In these ten stories, Mark Richard, winner of the 1990 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award, emerges as the heir apparent to Mark Twain, Flannery O'Connor, and William Faulkner.

One of Vic’s cousins, Malcolm, was working in a boat and seeing us coming he held up a pair of waterskis pointing to Buster laughing as we passed, but I could see open ocean so I throttled down and leaned hard forward to balance against the rising bow. I was glad I had enough forward. I was glad I had enough forward thinking of my own to pull Steve Willis into the boat starting us over about Buster because I could look at him in the stern watching the big horse carcass we had in tow by a stiffed up leg, and looking at Steve Willis I could see it was sinking in on him that when Vic. came home from Norfolk and threw me out of .

Mark Richard is an American short story writer, novelist, screenwriter, and poet

Mark Richard is an American short story writer, novelist, screenwriter, and poet. He is the author of two award-winning short story collections, The Ice at the Bottom of the World and Charity, a bestselling novel, Fishboy, and House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer's Journey Home. Mark Richard was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and grew up in Texas and Virginia. As heard on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR: He grew up in the 1960s in a racially divided rural town in Virginia.

In these ten stories, Mark Richard, winner of the 1990 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award, emerges as the heir apparent to Mark Twain, Flannery O'Connor, and William Faulkner.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Great short stories written in the modern minimalist style--popularized by Chuck Palahniuk, yet perfected by Mark Richard and Amy Hempel, both of which Chuck can't say enough good things about. It loses a star because a few of the stories are forgettable and hard to follow, while the rest of the 10 are stunning, although also hard to follow. Requires focus to read or you will get lost in the run-on sentences, but with focus they're all quite rewarding. Feels like a puzzle unfolding before your eyes in the style of a hillbilly family drama. Standouts: Strays, This is Us Excellent, and the Theory of Man.
Marelyne
Richard is a virtuoso, a master of the craft. The first piece in the collection sets a high expectation that is fully satisfied with the writing that follows. Here are stories about the south with voices as clear as daylight. There are familiar landscapes of the south: a small cabin near the river as in "Her Favorite Story" and a farmhouse as in "Strays." This modern landscape grows, too, to include the suburbs as in "This is Us, Excellent."

There is a haunting simplicity found in Richard's characters. They live life without the fear that perhaps they should have. A sense of dramatic irony grows in the reader as if it were a play inside a theater. All of these stories are freighted with disappointment, marred by traged, or terrorized by old ghosts and various wants. There is a resigned sorrow througout and the feeling that doom is not far off like a dark cloud moving in from a distance.

What is deeply moving here is that many of the characers do not anticipate change. They do not even seem aware of it or of hope. Instead, dead things rise to the surface as in "On the Rope" where a former flood rescue worker glimpses a plastic bag caught on a fence and is brought back to memories of the "boiling waters" that drowned the town.

The immediate sorrows are understated either by voice or events that follow so that in a way, the immediate pain is cauterized. But once we look away from the wound we realize the whole body has gone with runny sores and rot.

Richard's stories speak loudly about doom, decay, and seemingly incongruous naivete in the same fashion as Steinback in The Grapes of Wrath and Faulkner in The Sound and The Fury.

What may be perhaps most disturbing here in all the lyrical prose and landscape is that the people do not change-- they are immobile like statues. What changes life then is only the inevitable event that is death.
Painshade
Mark Richard's twisted southern gothic stories are like Flannery O'Conner meets Richard Matheson. They're all page-turners. This may be Richards' best collection, but his novels are something to behold. Fantasy goes gothic. Highly recommended.
Zbr
Great!
Malojurus
Very impressive collection, especially for a first effort. I can't give it 5 stars though, some of the stories were kinda slow. But the really good ones were REALLY, REALLY good.
Samugul
this man deserves the awards he has received
GEL
Some great stories here, some a little hit and miss with me. Looking forward to reading more.
"The Ice at the Bottom of the World: Stories" Written by: Mark Richard is intelligently crafted with a unique style that provokes the reader to use their imagination to the fullest and explore the context of each story. This book is one of the most strange, surprising, saddening, and satisfying short story books I have read in a long time. Although it was written back in the 90's, it still has a timeless flair, worth delving into. Enjoy reading!!! I Did! :)