God's Gym: Stories

John Edgar Wideman

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God's Gym: Stories

God s Gym Stories In God s Gym the celebrated author John Edgar Wideman offers stories that pulse with emotional electricity The ten pieces here explore strength both physical and spiritual The collection opens with

  • Title: God's Gym: Stories
  • Author: John Edgar Wideman
  • ISBN: 9780618711994
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Paperback
  • In God s Gym, the celebrated author John Edgar Wideman offers stories that pulse with emotional electricity The ten pieces here explore strength, both physical and spiritual The collection opens with a man paying tribute to the quiet fortitude of his mother, a woman who should wear a T shirt God s Gym In the stories that follow, Wideman delivers powerful riffs on famIn God s Gym, the celebrated author John Edgar Wideman offers stories that pulse with emotional electricity The ten pieces here explore strength, both physical and spiritual The collection opens with a man paying tribute to the quiet fortitude of his mother, a woman who should wear a T shirt God s Gym In the stories that follow, Wideman delivers powerful riffs on family and fate, basketball and belief His mesmerizing prose features guest appearances by cultural luminaries as diverse as the Harlem Globetrotters, Frantz Fanon, Thelonious Monk, and Marilyn Monroe As always, Wideman astounds with writing that moves from the intimate to the political, from shock to transcendence.

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    1. Laura on said:

      I'll be honest, I had a really great review typed up, and when I hit save my computer froze. I was so frustrated that I almost didn't rewrite a reviewbut I'll do my best to summarize my thoughts on Wideman's offering.God's Gymis a collection of stories centering around the experience of African American men in 1940's-modern day America. Many of the stories start as a re-telling of a (presumably) true event, and then segue into a stream-of-consciousness, alternate reality telling. Wideman is skil [...]

    2. Barbara on said:

      Two of these stories, "Weight" and "The Silence of Thelonious Monk" are among the best I've ever read. The others left me a bit cold. I was surprised that I could have such different reactions to stories from the same author.

    3. Bookmarks Magazine on said:

      Nearly every review of God's Gym draws the parallel between jazz and Wideman's writing. Just as our American music encompasses melody and dissonance, ballads and funk, so there are dualities aplenty at work here. Wideman continues to disdain the border between fiction and reality as he draws from well-known biographical facts for his stories. Characters commit violent acts, but only in their imaginations. His imposition as a narrator annoys some critics, yet none can claim that Wideman, the only [...]

    4. Cora on said:

      God's Gym is a book of short stories by John Edgar Wideman. The stories are told from the perspective of a variety of African American men in different circumstances. All the stories were told in the stream of consciousness style. While they were well done and made the reader think, I am not of fan of stream of consciousness. I enjoy short stories in general, but prefer those that tell a story rather than just the thoughts of a character in a situation. While this anthology was not a good fit fo [...]

    5. Steven on said:

      Although I'd read some of Wideman's stories in magazines before this was the first time I powered through a collection and this dude can flat-out write. His command of language and voice just completely blows a bunch of those "language writers" completely off the shelves and out of the kindles, all whole ripping out your heart. Makes me want to read everything he's written.

    6. Euginia Liapich on said:

      Carrying the burden fortifying the mind building the neurons

    7. Crystal Vales on said:

      A cool language experiment, we're inside the consciousness of the deep suffering black men of America. It gives the concept of Dad a new meaning.

    8. Lsmith on said:

      "About not gripping tight enough for fear my fingers would close on air.""Love, is we get it, is as close to music as most of us get" - The Silence of Thelonious Monk p. 50

    9. Kami on said:

      About to start thisI've read "Weight" before and loved it. I mean really, it's John Wideman

    10. Pabloslist on said:

      BOOK: SS: Characters don't shy away from explorations but grab you by heart COULDN'T FINISH Zuhl - : PS3573.I26 G29

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