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The Empty Family, Colm Tóibín
عنوان: خانواده تهی؛ نویسنده: کالم تویبین؛ مترجم: نورا موسوی نیا؛ تهران، کوله پشتی، 1394؛ در 151 ص؛ شابک: 9786007642511؛


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Ive given this 4 stars, instead of 5, because I liked his Mothers and Sons: Stories even more. And because one story in the middle, while just as well-written as the others, eluded me. As usual, his work is full of characters that live, and his stories are written in such a deceptively simple style that the endings hit you with a quiet devastation -- something that can make a story for me. And I dont think the devastation is necessarily bleak, as the character is showing an accommodation to his/her circumstances.

There are a few stories that include graphic depictions of sexual activities, which I usually think is unnecessary, but here, for some reason, they dont seem gratuitous, especially in the story, @The Street.@

Id read two of these stories before online in The New Yorker and it was a pleasure to read them again. The one titled @One Minus One@ has almost the same kind of feel as the title story, which is a poetic tour-de-force. (I see that @One Minus One@ was included in the earlier Mothers and Sons: Stories -- not sure why its collected here too.)

مشاهده لینک اصلی
One of the best collections of stories I have read in a long while. Toibin is a master, whose every written word is fully thought out. The stories all revolve around love and its loss, loneliness and family. The concept of family is used here in its broader sense, and means many different things to the different characters — safety, acceptance, meeting sexual and emotional needs, and much else. There is great accuracy in the depiction of psychological and emotional landscapes. Superb writing, moving and compassionate without ever resorting to sentimentality.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
Много ми харесаха разказите.
Точно колкото тези на Пиер Мейлак.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
I love Colm Toibins writing. Its so spot on much of the time that you wonder if there could possibly be any other way to say the things he says. I love the women he creates. Theyre so real, from the crusty to the geriatric to the young and the fierce and the selfish. Many of the stories in this collection didnt let me down. A big fan of his novel @Brooklyn@, I was once again amazed at the reality of his characters and situations: the awkwardness of reconciling adolescent activities and attitudes with ones adult self; the despair of the nursing home; regret over missed chances and lost loves.

But then came the sex. Ah, why do writers--even the best ones--have to try to describe sex? It either comes across (as in this case) as grotesque, the original case of TMI, or as sappy and laughable in the manner of the Harlequin Romance. Books need the movie convention of just quietly panning away from the bed (or wherever the @action@ is taking place) and letting the readers imagination do the rest. I have never read a description of sex in any book that made me shake my head and say, @Yeah, he/she really captured it.@

And then came the final and longest story in the collection, @The Street.@ Its been the favorite of many of reviewers. But it was my least favorite. There were long stretches of nothing-much-happening that even Mr. Toibins prose couldnt redeem. And I felt it was just a retelling of @Brokeback Mountain@ in a Pakistani immigrant setting, with a slightly happier ending (surprisingly). I sympathized more with one characters wife and children back in Pakistan than I did with the characters themselves. I know that says more about me and my views on adultery than it does about the story. But I am who I am, and it diminished this collection for me.

That said, I am still a huge fan of Colm Toibin. I think its time to go back and read his earlier work.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
WARNING: there is some explicit sex in this book. It doesnt bother me, but I know some get upset about it and I didnt want someone to pick this book after reading my review and get gobsmacked.

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