- By Max Apple

The Jew of Home Depot and Other Stories

  • Title: The Jew of Home Depot and Other Stories
  • Author: Max Apple
  • ISBN: 9780801887383
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Jew of Home Depot and Other Stories This is the first collection to appear in twenty years from one of America s best short story writers His thirteen stories are marvelous funny heartbreaking and wise by turns and on occasion all th

    This is the first collection to appear in twenty years from one of America s best short story writers His thirteen stories are marvelous funny, heartbreaking, and wise by turns, and on occasion all three at once.

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    1. Daniel Green is pretty good. So I'll give you his review ::noggs.typepad/tre/max-applVery much recommended for you connoisseurs of short fiction.

    2. Sue Russell - Library Journal (quoting myself I need permission?)Apple's new story collection, his third after an absence of 20 years from the genre, sets up variations on the stranger-in-a-strange-land theme. The stranger is often a Diaspora Jew, and the strange land could be Buenos Aires, Cleveland, or a carwash in Las Vegas. In the title story, the strange land is Marshall, TX, where dying 80-year-old Jerome Baumgarten, a retail giant and acquaintance of Wal-Mart magnate Sam Walton, "orders" [...]

    3. I love Max Apple--his novel The Propheteers in particular--but I struggled with this collection of stories. Apple, like Donald Barthelme or George Saunders, is usually fairly adept at capturing and reveling in absurdity, but in many of these stories, the absurd part is just tacked on at the end, and a story that seemed to be about one thing becomes something else in the last sentence. I'm all for the element of surprise, but I found myself rereading some of these stories and trying to figure out [...]

    4. I got this recommendation from Donald Barthlemle's reading list. It was pretty okay, nothing really spectacular. The stories range from passable to pretty good, with a sort of similar structure in each one, usually ending on the moment of 'choice' for the protagonist. That structure got pretty boring after a while tbh.

    5. A surprise of a collection for me: the stories are spare, startling in their humor (a man takes his mother to a hypnotistwho uses the same tape for dogs and people), and perfectly formed. I especially loved Strawberry Shortcake and Adventures in Dementia, both about a woman with Alzheimer's and her son. Best read slowly, a story a day.

    6. Max Appleā€™s short stories are part of the long list of Jewish-American works in the genre, and a very late entry. His predecessors and contemporaries are as distinguished as possible: Singer, Bellow, Malamud, Roth, Ozick, Delmore Schwartz, Wil Eisner; more recently, Nathan Englander, Steve Stern, Ben Katchor. Apple differs in that the others deal with Jewish history, patterns of thought, Biblical, historical and spiritual allusions, and a set of anxieties and beliefs which make their work reco [...]

    7. This collection, Apple's first in quite some time, contains stories that are as quirky and charming as any of his best. Long-time readers of Apple's writing will not be disappointed, and first-time readers are sure to fall in love. Of course, as with readers of Englander and other such writers in a heavily Jewish genre, it helps if audience members are themselves a Jewish and thus somehow "in the know" when it comes to particular cultural elements. But Apple succeeds where his younger counterpar [...]

    8. I've read some of these stories, and liked them. It's interesting to go inside another person's life because characters are facets of the author's life and imagination, the truth as he or she sees it or wishes it was and I think this is one of the writers that does a great job of capturing the essence of what it means and feels like to be whoever you are and live in the skin that you live in

    9. Crisp and compact short stories from a variety of viewpoints. Not sure if one can find common themes throughout collection, nor is one likely supposed to do so, given period of time in which stories were written. Quite glad to have read them, and hope others for whom this was their first introduction to the author read more works by Apple.

    10. Slim and engaging, though the themes and even the characters seemed a little repetitive by the end. Just don't read it all in one sitting.

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