The Sexual Life of Savages and Other Stories

Howell, Stokes

Published by St Martins Pr, 1996
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Synopsis: From the dark side of rural and urban life comes Stokes Howell's collection of stories. Italo Calvino wrote on five essential attributes of fiction: lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, and multiplicity. Stokes Howell's stories embody these essentials. Each story is tough and quick, each observation lightly wrought with an exactitude that churns with freight. A dark, brooding morbidity; a harrowed, sexual tour de force. Sex is the engine that drives these tales: under the Brooklyn Bridge, in a restaurant bathroom, on the banks of the Mississippi. These stories are jazz riffs on abandonment. The human animals grunt and slink and desire their way toward satisfaction, or mystery, or heaven.

Review: This "short story" collection is unusually varied and is, at times, an almost experimental sequence of fiction. It includes extremely short pieces, some of them scarcely stories, more snaps of prose or poetry. The pieces alternate in setting between New York City and a small farm town in Missouri, with the former being spare avant-garde writings that dwell on neurotic and affectless love affairs, and the latter much broader and more open stories full of vivid characters. Even in Missouri the love and sex tend to be destructive, but the results are often funny.

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Title: The Sexual Life of Savages and Other Stories
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition

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