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For Kings and Planets
Ethan Canin
0641532962

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Writers Harvest 2
Ethan Canin
0156002469
Nov 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Family tragedy, romance and other, more mundane daily routines are the subjects of the stories in this collection edited by the author of The Emperor of the Air and The Palace Thief. A wide assortment of well-known writers, such as Michael Chabon, Gary Krist, Julia Alvarez, Henry Roth and Frederick Barthelme have contributed stories to benefit the anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Perhaps because the writers were mindful of their cause, the stories range from moving to incredibly sad in their depiction of everyday humanity. Physical suffering and illness are themes in many of the stories, from the intense physical discomfort of a kidney stone, so perfectly described in "The Stone" by Louis B. Jones to a cancer patient struggling to maintain his dignity in Henry H. Roth's "This Time." Several stories...


The Palace Thief: Stories
Ethan Canin
0641608012

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Gotham Writers' Workshop Fiction Gallery
Gotham Writers' Workshop
1582344620
August 2004
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School–Arranged by themes, the stories in this terrific collection can be read both for enjoyment and for literary merit. They were written by established as well as recently published authors and include works by Anton Chekhov and Myla Goldberg. Topics range from crimes of passion to the humdrum of everyday life, and the tales' brevity and cutting-edge themes will appeal to busy students. Many of the pieces deal with contemporary issues like one-night stands (Pam Houston's "Sometimes You Talk about Idaho"), cheating (Ethan Canin's "The Palace Thief"), world destruction (T.C. Boyle's "After the Plague"), intolerance (Z.Z. Packer's "Brownies"), and the impersonal workplace (Daniel Orozco's "Orientation"). Each story is captivating; some are shocking. The selections are great examples of how...


Writers Block
Jason Rekulak
0762409487
March 2001
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Book Review
OK, so it's a gimmick. A book in the shape of a 3-inch block. It'll take up too much space on your bookshelf. Its 672 pages are unnumbered, making it nearly impossible to find the same one twice. It is full of contradictory advice. And once you've used the book a few times, it'll more closely resemble a splayed slinky than a block.

So what? Author Jason Rekulak believes that inspiration "can be found anywhere--in dreams, highway billboards, newspaper personal ads, the Yellow Pages, restaurant menus, family photo albums, and bizarre morning TV talk shows." He has packed his stubby little book with kindling aplenty to ignite the fire of your writer's imagination. Open randomly to photographs and spark words ("traffic jam," "waiting," "hitchhiker," "prom"), writing challenges, and writing topics. "Chronicle the longest...



Emperor's Club: The Shooting Script
Neil Tolkin
155704581X
April 2003
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Book Description
Based upon Ethan Canin's short story "The Palace Thief," this movie stars Oscar®-winner Kevin Kline as William Hundert, a passionate and disciplined classics professor who finds his tightly-controlled world altered when a new student challenges his principles, resulting in a life lesson that will still haunt him 25 years later. Directed by Michael Hoffman, the film stars Kevin Kline, Steven Culp, Embeth Davidtz, Patrick Dempsey, Joel Gretsch, Edward Herrmann, Emile Hirsch, Rob Morrow, and Harris Yulin. In the Newmarket Shooting Script® format, this book includes the complete screenplay, movie stills, production notes, and cast and crew credits. 25 b/w photos.


Emperor of the Air
Ethan Canin
0618004149
Sept 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
Canin's outstanding debut, winner of a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, gathers nine stories originally published in the Atlantic, Esquire and Ploughshares, among others; two were selected for the Best American Short Stories 1985 and 1986. At 27, the gifted author, a Harvard Medical School student who was a creative writing instructor and an Iowa Review editor, informs a technical expertise with a keen sense of the dynamics of the human psyche. His far-reaching vision encompasses "The Year of Getting to Know Us," where the protagonist recognizes in himself aspects of his father's disturbing uncommunicativeness, and "American Beauty," where a teenager cannot escape his bitter older brother's grim prescription of life's inevitabilities: "You're going to turn into a son of a bitch, just like me." Several of the...


The Palace Thief
Ethan Canin
0812976177
Aug 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Canin, whose short-story collection Emperor of the Air was justly feted, as his novel Blue River was not, here offers four brilliant longer stories, each seamlessly structured and with prose and characters to linger over. The book's ostensible theme is Heraclitus's observation that character is fate, which is all well and good until we try to understand the meaning of either term. Take Mr. Hundert, the honorable boys' school teacher who in the title story tries to make sense of a student's rise from a cheating dullard to an industrial and political leader. As for the question of character, hardly does a protagonist gain a slippery hold on the essence of another person's character, when a forced self-evaluation occurs: in "City of Broken Hearts" a recently divorced man considers his son as alien but in fact, the...


For Kings and Planets
Ethan Canin
0312241259
October 1999
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Book Review
Like Philip Roth and Robert Penn Warren, Ethan Canin won the Houghton Mifflin Fellowship for rising stars whose first books hit big. His luminous 1988 story collection, Emperor of the Air remains a must-read, but his second novel, For Kings and Planets, is nonetheless recognizably part of the Canin constellation. He repeatedly features a straight guy (an accountant or other sober type) transfixed by the spectacle of an out-of-control guy (a delinquent and/or child-prodigy brother or brother figure to the main character). This time, it's Orno Tarcher, a Missouri farm boy thunderstruck by his Columbia University classmate Marshall Emerson, a theatrically bratty, sometimes suicidal Manhattan genius. "I grew up with farmers and insurance salesmen," says Orno. "I grew up with Kennedys and insurance salesmen," says Marshall. "I...


The Palace Thief: Stories
Ethan Canin
0312307314
October 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Canin, whose short-story collection Emperor of the Air was justly feted, as his novel Blue River was not, here offers four brilliant longer stories, each seamlessly structured and with prose and characters to linger over. The book's ostensible theme is Heraclitus's observation that character is fate, which is all well and good until we try to understand the meaning of either term. Take Mr. Hundert, the honorable boys' school teacher who in the title story tries to make sense of a student's rise from a cheating dullard to an industrial and political leader. As for the question of character, hardly does a protagonist gain a slippery hold on the essence of another person's character, when a forced self-evaluation occurs: in "City of Broken Hearts" a recently divorced man considers his son as alien but in fact, the...


Carry Me across the Water
Ethan Canin
037575993X
May 2002
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Book Review
A truly gifted short-story writer, Ethan Canin faltered when it came to his second novel, the turgid For Kings and Planets. This time around, though, the author has found an ingenious solution to his problems with the longer form. Carry Me Across the Water is essentially a book of short stories posing as a novel, and here's the surprise--it's pretty effective. The protagonist, August Kleinman, is a wealthy old man looking back on the span of his life. He recalls his early youth in Vienna as the son of a cultured Jewish family; his flight to America in the 1930s with his mother; his war years in the Pacific; his career as the beer king of Pittsburgh; his love for his wife and alienation from his children. This may sound relatively straightforward. Yet Canin shatters this portrait into a series of compelling vignettes, each...


Carry Me across the Water
Ethan Canin
0679456791
May 2001
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Book Review
A truly gifted short-story writer, Ethan Canin faltered when it came to his second novel, the turgid For Kings and Planets. This time around, though, the author has found an ingenious solution to his problems with the longer form. Carry Me Across the Water is essentially a book of short stories posing as a novel, and here's the surprise--it's pretty effective. The protagonist, August Kleinman, is a wealthy old man looking back on the span of his life. He recalls his early youth in Vienna as the son of a cultured Jewish family; his flight to America in the 1930s with his mother; his war years in the Pacific; his career as the beer king of Pittsburgh; his love for his wife and alienation from his children. This may sound relatively straightforward. Yet Canin shatters this portrait into a series of compelling vignettes, each...


De Reyes y Planetas
Ethan Canin
9500420953
December 2000
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