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by Jeffery Eugenides

Category: Short Stories and Anthologies
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Jeffery Eugenides
ISBN: 0739498045
ISBN13: 978-0739498040
Publisher: HarperCollins/QPB. 1 Paperback (2008)
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Other Books by Jeffrey Eugenides�. however, the sparrow is dead. Gurov, the unfaithful husband in the story, seduces Anna Sergeevna, an unhappy young married woman, while they are both visiting Yalta.

Other Books by Jeffrey Eugenides�. Gurov, who has done this sort of thing before, assumes he ’ll forget Anna as he ’s forgotten other women.

69. Mr Browne took another sip of his whisky and said, with sidling. She held an open book on her knees and was pointing out something in it to Constantine who, dressed in a man-o’-war suit, lay at her feet

69. She held an open book on her knees and was pointing out something in it to Constantine who, dressed in a man-o’-war suit, lay at her feet. It was she who had chosen the names for her sons for she was very sensible of the dignity of family life. Thanks to her, Constantine was now senior curate in Balbriggan and, thanks to her, Gabriel himself had taken his degree in.

She was pregnant, you said

She was pregnant, you said. I mean, I don’t want to sound morbid, but I can’t help thinking how the whole time we were, we almost-you know-there was this poor, dead woman and her unborn child washing in and out behind us. It ’s not like we could have done anything for her even if we had known she was there. But what if we had found her?

Jeffrey Eugenides, from the introduction to My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead. i couldn't stop reading this book. i couldn't stop re-reading the stories. reading them aloud to my boyfriend. watching the look on his face to see if they resonated as strongly with him. it was beautiful

Jeffrey Eugenides, from the introduction to My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead. All proceeds from My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead will go directly to fund the free youth writing programs offered by 826 Chicago. it was beautiful. and it was heart-breaking. i felt so dreadful after reading some of them, like it was me this was happening.

That year my parents bought a new house at the edge of Toronto’s sprawl. A few miles north were cows; south the city. I spent most of my time in basements. The suburbs offered nothing and so I lived. At home, separated from my parents by door and stairs, I smoked hash, watched television, read, and masturbated. In other basements I smoked, watched television, and refined my style with girls. In the spring, my uncle Fima, my grandmother’s youngest brother, married his second wife. She arrived from Moscow for two weeks to get acquainted with him and the.

Eugenides describes the story as scandalous in his introduction, and it probably was at the time it was written in. .So, what is the final verdict? Well, ‘My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead‘ is an interesting book.

Eugenides describes the story as scandalous in his introduction, and it probably was at the time it was written in the early ’60s, but now, it was a hard read for me. I love the first type of love story, the classic one. I don’t mind the second type of love story now, though there was a time, say around ten years back, when I would have found it hard to read. Because of that, I didn’t love the book overall, though I loved some of the stories. But I would say that the book was a good read

Jeffrey Eugenides, from the introduction to My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead. When it comes to love, there are a million theories to explain it. But when it comes to love stories, things are simpler. Reading anthologies can often be a dust-collecting, bedside-lingering process. This makes them useful, reliable, and enjoyable for their parts, but unremarkable as a whole. devised by a young man dead for two thousand years, who’d sent this phrase drifting down the centuries to reach me in my Michigan classroom, filling my American ears with the sound of Roman birdsong. But back to the poem

Other Books by Jeffrey Eugenides�. But back to the poem. The pluperfect of pipiabat is elegiac: the bird used to sing.

Eugenides (Middlesex, 2002, et. offers a perfect Valentine's Day gift for lovers of literary fiction.

The wonder of ‘My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead’ is that it manages to capture a deep as well as broad range of this funny thing called lov. y focusing on literary merit, Eugenides has produced a treasury worth holding dear. Christian Science Monitor. Cupid is rarely kind in Sparrow, but his arrows are always razor-sharp. San Antonio Express-News. I ca. ecommend one very good gift for this Valentine’s Day: My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead - Kansas City Star. Eugenides has made wonderful choices from writers both classic and contemporary. New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Comments to eBook My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead
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Jeffrey Eugenides titled this book from a Latin poet, Catullus (84 BC), who wrote a poem which includes the title line in translation. It's a foreshadowing of the themes of the collected stories within, themes involving the bittersweet, well that's an understatement, aspects of love. Love affairs are often just that -- affairs. Eugenides remarks that Catullus' poems "speak to the stories in this collection that burn, dazzle, delight or sadden, depending."

This anthology of 26 short stories by authors such as William Faulkner, James Joyce, Guy de Maupassant, Mary Robison, Eileen Chang, and Alice Munro among others is carefully edited by Eugenides. He has undertaken this project for charitable proceeds; indeed, all proceeds from My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead will go directly to fund the free youth-writing programs offered by 826 Chicago, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 - 18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to help teachers inspire their students to write.

A passage in the introduction hints at a possible reason Eugenides felt compelled to put this collection together:

"...I can still hear our Latin teacher, Miss Ferguson, piping out in her most piercing sparrow's voice, "passer pipiabat," getting us to notice how much the plosive rhythm resembled a bird singing. That words were music, that, at the same time they were marks on a page, they also referred to things in the world and, in skilled hands, took on properties of the things they denoted, was for me, at fifteen, an exciting discovery, all the more notable for the fact that this poetic effect had been devised by a young man dead for two thousand years, who'd sent this phrase drifting down the centuries to reach me in my Michigan classroom, filling my American ears with the sound of Roman birdsong..."

The reader is treated to a loose translation of "passer pipiabat" by Eugenides -- "Better a sparrow, living or dead, than no birdsong at all."

I recommend this collection with the notice that one not expect happily-ever-afters. It can be disturbing, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking. For instance, the first two I read, one by Grace Paley and one by Lorrie Moore, were somber and vaguely depressing.

Another plus: all of the contributors have a short bio in the appendix. The cover art is amazing and creative.
Tujar
it's a collection of short stories...they are all well written...as to the violence and sexual content, there was nothing at all offensive to me but in this weird, pretentious day of judging everything with a terrible broad brush and narrow mind, i am sure there is some nitwit out there that will find something, somewhere about which to preach and pretend blush...
Fearlesssinger
thought these stories would be sappy but they're about all different kinds of love, to give context the first one I read was a faulkner story about a necrophiliac.
spark
Good book to read, a little dark but that is what makes it so interesting. Must buy.
Unde
Incredible read if you want to get a solid sample of the readings on the subject and to choose authors for future reading.
Meztihn
The person I sent it to loved it.
Warianys
Mixed bag (for me, anyway). Equal parts great (and not) short stories. Well worth buying for the excellent ones.
Great collection. I trusted Eugenides to lead the reader to a good choice of short stories and he did. Some I would not have known about, otherwise.
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