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The Rainbow Stories #2020

The Rainbow Stories By William T. Vollmann The Rainbow Stories From a writer who has won comparison with Thomas Pynchon and William S Burroughs comes thirteen unnerving and often breathtaking stories populated by punks and angels skinheads and religious assassin
  • Title: The Rainbow Stories
  • Author: William T. Vollmann
  • ISBN: 9780140171549
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Rainbow Stories By William T. Vollmann From a writer who has won comparison with Thomas Pynchon and William S Burroughs comes thirteen unnerving and often breathtaking stories populated by punks and angels, skinheads and religious assassins, streetwalkers and fetishists people who live outside the law and and the clear light of the every day Set in landscapes as diverse as ancient Babylon, India, and the seaFrom a writer who has won comparison with Thomas Pynchon and William S Burroughs comes thirteen unnerving and often breathtaking stories populated by punks and angels, skinheads and religious assassins, streetwalkers and fetishists people who live outside the law and and the clear light of the every day Set in landscapes as diverse as ancient Babylon, India, and the seamy underbelly of San Francisco, these daring and innovative tales are laced with Vollman s fertile imagination The Rainbow Stories ushers us into a world that bears an awful yet hypnotic resemblance to that of our deepest nightmares, confirming Vollmann s reputation as a dark visionary of contemporary fiction.
    The Rainbow Stories By William T. Vollmann The Rainbow Stories The Rainbow Stories is a collection of short stories about American culture written by William T Vollmann and published in Written in the style of narrative journalism , it was his second published fictional work, preceded by You Bright and Risen Angels The Rainbow Stories Contemporary American Fiction His collection of stories The Rainbow Stories goes deep into those lives with beauty and delicacy Set in various landscapes, like San Francisco, India and ancient Babylon, the book depicts the lives of people that are easily called outlaws, like skinheads, prostitutes, HIV positive people and so on. The Rainbow Stories by William T Vollmann, Paperback Jul , The Rainbow Stories ushers us into a world that bears an awful yet hypnotic resemblance to that of our deepest nightmares, confirming Vollmann s reputation as a The Rainbow Stories by William T Vollmann Jan , From a writer who has won comparison with Thomas Pynchon and William S Burroughs comes thirteen unnerving and often breathtaking stories populated by punks and angels, skinheads and religious assassins, streetwalkers and fetishists people who live outside the
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    1. William T. Vollmann

      William Tanner Vollmann is an American novelist, journalist, short story writer and essayist He lives in Sacramento, California with his wife and daughter.

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    1. Breakfast with DoloresThere were half a dozen benches on the rise overlooking the pond near where some of the Wrecking Crew were still sleeping after a party last night The police hadn t done their rounds yet.On one seat was an elegantly dressed man somewhere in his mid to late 40 s He was reading the morning paper intently I didn t sit there Two seats away was an attractive girl, early to mid 20 s, I d say She, too, was dressed well I sat a few spaces away from her on the same bench.After a cou [...]


    2. This was the most stupefyingly brilliant kick in the head The kind of volt and jolt which leaves a concrete and metallic aftertaste Lazy psuedo book jacket writer mathematician me says Bukowski Foster Wallace Garcia Marquez x Pynchon William T Vollmann I ve discovered my new favourite place to hang out It s the world as scribed by this compulsive, obsessive and distinctive writer Headbendingly good I was seeing colours.The Rainbow Stories are so much than a collection of short stories There s p [...]


    3. The Rainbow Stories is a Rainbow Coalition of our societal remains, our tramps, homeless, drunks, prostitutes, skinheads, residents of morgues, terrorists and lab technicians, immigrants, Hebrews in fiery furnaces, and industrial artists I am tempted to read Rainbow Stories as a novel because it looks like a novel, and I want it to be a novel Perhaps it could be done It is no mere collection, but an assemblage of related thematic and experiential material We should not be misled into thinking th [...]


    4. Approaching The Rainbow Stories as a piece of fiction is complicated Mr Vollmann was living in San Francisco at the time, and in various interviews he has spoken of the considerable portion of time that he spent hanging out in the city s infamous Tenderloin District Subsequent pieces of fiction such as Whores for Gloria and The Royal Family were not only set in the same downtrodden part of town, but these works were or less directly based on interviews and conversation that Vollmann had with th [...]


    5. Loved the street smart reportage cum fiction parts a blast of surprising grit, candour and pulsing realism all too rare in this navelgazing era The White Knights and Ladies and Red Lights is rich in powerful, electrifying vignettes as Vollmann restricts his prose to a splendidly unshowy, detached and oddly empathetic voice Unfortunately, what follows failed to provoke any reaction from me other than befuddlement and boredom one cod Talmudic story, written in a zanily biblical style, and one mind [...]


    6. Vollmann is so endlessly fascinating This is probably my favorite of his books I ve read because it s so raw and real and harsh and gritty, unlike the one where there s a race of bug people in the sewers, and it s punchy and succinct, unlike the ones that traipse and meander on for hundreds and thousands of pages This is definitely not for the faint of heart, with stories about hookers and junkies dying in hospitals and skinheads fucking shit up just for starters , but it s this super intense sl [...]


    7. Excellent stories about the underbelly of society Vollmann is still developing, after the utterly bizarre You Bright and Risen Angels , and this is his first realist work Very impressive, though Update I was rereading a section of these today The blue story has perhaps the most loving and tender description of an autopsy I have ever read.


    8. Las peque as vanidades de aquellos a quienes la raza humana ha excretado resultan tan siniestras debido a que por ellas sabemos que por fuerza ha de haber consciencia en el interior de esos cr neos.3.5.


    9. THE ADVENTURES OF BILL in which our hero is ___________________________________blown by a prostitute eats shrooms muses about WWII hangs out with skinheads shows a serial killer s duality witnesses Beelzebub buy a stiletto and covet his CD collection speaks phonetic Korean reimagines The Book of Daniel lives amongst the homeless escapes the Thugs of the Tenderloin and Ancient Arabia alike becomes the Holy Ghost and much, much ___________________________________ Reader, do you consider yourself [...]


    10. In which William Vollmann empathizes with skinheads and is deeply unsettled by guys who build and battle robots The group philosophy, which I abhor, of the San Francisco skins he profiles seems very incidental to their fundamental lostness and outsiderness, as if the relationship between white supremacy and their angry embittered lives was a matter of proximity This is not an attempt to justify them Vollmann himself expresses relief at their essential powerlessness We see reviled people here as [...]


    11. There s a tissue and pulse, a taught tendon and a sturdy construction of bone and muscle that connects the thirteen works in Vollmann s The Rainbow Stories One immediately thinks that a collection of short stories and novellas is merely that, a collection, but what Vollmann has created here can also be considered a novel of ideas, in as much as a novel can be a collection of similar ideas and notions Characters reemerge two hundred pages later Locations, streets and neighborhoods and motives, be [...]


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    13. The little vanities of those whom the human race has excreted are so sinister because we know by them that there must be consciousness in those skulls from the Blue YonderIndeed.Rainbow Stories is the best portrait I ve yet encountered of my adopted city It makes me want to get to know my neighbors better Mr Vollmann is a great writer, a ferocious humanist.


    14. It s clear that Vollman is extremely intellectual His mind seems capable of capturing, coming to terms with, and recombining a staggeringly encyclopedic amount of information in whatever way suits the thrust of his writing, moment to moment In this book he follows the daily lives quite often the tedious and mundane moments, which are peppered with the disturbingly violent or shocking or grotesque of people who inhabit the seedy underbelly of San Francisco We read about the homeless population, [...]


    15. The White Knights and Ladies and Red Lights are excellent pieces of work The former might be one of my favourite things that can be categorized as a short story This book is best when it s about the 80s Tenderloin and Haight Street and, well, San Francisco and the people who populate its less sanitized areas It s less effective when the subject is distant from Vollmann To try to do what he s trying to do in these stories across centuries of lost time, with characters that feel like characters, [...]


    16. It s not just me And it s not just me plagiarizing Moore But listen to the world and it will tell you something interesting has been going on in American Letters these past few decades I know the Germans have only recently been catching up with a menge of brick translations Just that we American readers prefer not to recognize it.Spanish small press publisher I met recently is doing it all right P lido Fuego yes, from Nabokov palidofuego


    17. Find this boring not particularly gritty or shocking or even authentic The artifice kinda dulls the authenticity, anyway



    18. As my first foray into a book that largely plays with creative nonfiction, I m still uncertain of how I really feel about The Rainbow Stories As a genre I find it interesting because it approaches the line between objectivity and subjectivity, allowing the writer to really explore the intimate emotional state tethered to experiences That said, I like the ideas at work but not so much the execution.I feel as though Vollmann writes with the fervor of a friend telling you about a vivid dream where [...]


    19. Vollmann is a genius His books are getting expensive Buy as many as you can before it s too lateHookers, skinheads, hospitals, all are given sympathetic realism here An understudy of the underbelly, that s what I say about Mr Vollmann You can quote me on that If you use it, you better quote me or I ll sue your ass and buy Vollmann books.



    20. 3.5 5This was a wild ride Some stories were boring or confusing But others were pretty great Some even quite excellent.Visible Spectrum 4 5 Beautiful prose Death and sickness White Knights 3 5, but still worthwhile journalism, even if it seems like nothing is happening A day in the life piece is always worthwhile, for my curious brain.Red Hands 3.5 5 This piece seemed to really resonate with others on GR I found it a little lazy A possible connection between an IRA activist terrorist and a scien [...]


    21. On page 147, Vollmann describes how contemporaries might respond to the protagonist of Scintillant Orange Others, of course, would be delighted to close the case of Meshach differently, formulating judgments learned and less forgiving than those of YAWEH In an oppositional fashion, this characterizes Vollmann s rhetorical seat he writes to formulate judgments learned and forgiving He s an encyclopedia of book and street smarts, a veritable overflowing cauldron of effervescent wisdom, yet the [...]


    22. What a great and unusual collection of stories The writing here is generally not as hard to follow as it was in You Bright and Risen Angels, and much of the style and ideas that come to of a polished shine in later works are evident here, and it s fun to witness after having read some of Vollmann s later work My favorite stories here were The Blue Yonder, Scintillant Orange, and The White Knights Most of the rest were engaging and never failed to be completely original for me as far as executio [...]


    23. I do not often read short stories, something I need to work on in the future, but this set of stories was terrific There was so much feeling put into each one of the stories, I suppose because so much was learned by Vollmann to write them I enjoyed some than others, as I m sure some of my favorites would not be others I loved The Blue Yonder , it was such a descent into madness, and it had some beautiful writing in it, especially the autopsy that was conducted I would probably recommend this to [...]


    24. This was a lovely visit to Vollmann s earlier approach to writing This sort of shotgun take on an interesting and complex issue Race But not only race, also social class and he pulls it together with his brilliant organization What may at first seem puzzling and complex slowly begins to reveal itself as a well woven tapestry of thought As always with Vollmann s work, there s an element of meta woven in with his fiction I have a feeling that the majority of what happens in this book actually happ [...]


    25. There is a description of an autopsy in one of these stories which is so sadly beautiful that I am moved to tears every time I read it And I have often been described by those who know me as callous.


    26. If you object to my gullibility, I envy you you will build great steel logic castles, I am sure, whereas my roof has been leaking for three years.


    27. It s like you re not reading the V Man so much as hanging out with him This is the best place to start I ve always cringed at comparisons to Pynchon and DFW The V Man writes like the V Man.Then dive headfirst into The Royal Family and Rising Up And Rising Down.


    28. While reading The Rainbow Stories I was reminded of another author celebrated for how their writing crosses cultural boarders, Anis Shivani and his short story collection Anatolia and Other Stories In both books, the author succeeds in capturing the human condition without having to filter the narrative through their own experience and there are definite similarities in the approach and scope And yet, in an article for the Huffington Post entitled, 15 Most Overrated Contemporary American Writers [...]


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