What Goes Without Saying: Collected Stories of Josephine Jacobsen

What Goes Without Saying Collected Stories of Josephine Jacobsen Josephine Jacobsen gives us a startling word by word gift Her characters human and animal know edginess and exhilaration She is unfoolable Her judgment is lyric wise and daring She looks all around

  • Title: What Goes Without Saying: Collected Stories of Josephine Jacobsen
  • Author: Josephine Jacobsen
  • ISBN: 9780801854552
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Paperback
  • Josephine Jacobsen gives us a startling word by word gift Her characters human and animal know edginess and exhilaration She is unfoolable Her judgment is lyric, wise, and daring She looks all around, her angle of vision invariably original, able to switch from the periscopic to the circumferential The 1995 National Book AwardsThe recipient of nearly every ma Josephine Jacobsen gives us a startling word by word gift Her characters human and animal know edginess and exhilaration She is unfoolable Her judgment is lyric, wise, and daring She looks all around, her angle of vision invariably original, able to switch from the periscopic to the circumferential The 1995 National Book AwardsThe recipient of nearly every major literary award in the United States, Josephine Jacobsen has enjoyed a career that spans than six decades, from the publication of her first poem at age eleven to her 1995 nomination as a National Book Award finalist What Goes without Saying brings together thirty of her previously published stories In Sound of Shadows, she takes readers through the double bolted front door of a rowhouse, into the narrow quarters of Mrs Bart, an elderly widow who has folded her life into her dark living room where the sole light in her one room wide world comes from the magenta and green tinged colors flashing on her television screen We follow the muezzin s melancholy call in A Walk with Raschid, an O Henry Prize story about an intriguing ten year old Arab boy who guides a honeymoon couple through the Moroccan Fez And the tautly written Protection begins with an exacting poetic image that is typical of Jacobsen s insightful prose Mica sparkles The banshee ambulance is beating its mad bell Like a reaped grassblade on a meadow of macadam, its object lies Praise for Josephine Jacobsen Unlike the predominant shrillness, vagueness, or opacity of the contemporary scene, Josephine Jacobsen s work is marked by its reserve, stoic timbre, and its high precision Nobel Laureate JosephBrodsky Josephine Jacobsen writes masterfully, consistently, and better every year She has a superb narrative gift and she sketches the people of her world with originality, inventiveness, and rare intelligence Nation

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    1. "Late Fall" is one of the more stunning short stories I've read, and not just because of the way it ends. Jacobsen's stories about racial, class and gender dynamics played out on unnamed islands of the Caribbean are striking and extremely subtle (in spite of my rather blunt characterization of their thematic content). The last story, about a murder mystery, felt out of place because of it's heavy-handedness, or at least the visibility of the author's intent. I re-read this book whenever I need a [...]

    2. Started reading with "A Walk with Raschid" -- devastating and beautiful and a honeymoon encounter with young boy in Fez. This Baltimore poet and short story writer was a treasure (now deceased).

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