The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake

Breece D J Pancake cut short a remarkably promising career when he took his own life in 1979 at the age of 26 In 1983 Little, Brown and Company s posthumous publication of this book, a collection of stories that depict, with astonishing power and grace, the world of Pancake s native rural West Virginia, electrified the literary world with a force that still resounds acrosBreece D J Pancake cut short a remarkably promising career when he took his own life in 1979 at the age of 26 In 1983 Little, Brown and Company s posthumous publication of this book, a collection of stories that depict, with astonishing power and grace, the world of Pancake s native rural West Virginia, electrified the literary world with a force that still resounds across two decades The Stories of Breece D J Pancake has remained continuously in print A perennial favorite among aspiring writers, participants in creative writing programs, and students of contemporary American fiction Trilobites , the first of Pancakes stories to be published in The Atlantic, elicited an extraordinary response from readers in 1977 and continues to be widely anthologized Upon its initial publication, The Stories of Breece D J Pancake received front page reviews in newspapers and literary periodicals throughout the country.
The Stories of Breece D J Pancake Breece D J Pancake cut short a remarkably promising career when he took his own life in at the age of In Little Brown and Company s posthumous publication of this book a collection of s

  • Title: The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake
  • Author: Breece D'J Pancake James Alan McPherson
  • ISBN: 9780805007206
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. These 12 stories silenced the general clamour I carry around with me. Few experiences can render me peaceable & sated, but with Breece D'J Pancake, this guy just surrenders everything, he is authentic, and as John Casey mentions, Breece absorbs, learns & ages everything he welcomes. (While he lived). Receiving that honest and embracing nature of his is a nourishing and often bracing experience. The stories offer you a bruising. The characters are deeply connected to nature, they are earn [...]

    2. Ποτέ δεν μου άρεσαν ιδιαιτέρως τα διηγήματα. Αυτή η περίπτωση όμως ήταν τελείως διαφορετική. Καθένα από τα 12 διηγήματα ήταν πλούσιο σαν ένα μυθιστόρημα. Εξαιρετικά ταλαντούχος ο συγγραφέας, ο οποίος από την πρώτη λέξη με έβαζε στο κλίμα της ιστορίας.Μου θύμισε σε αρκετά σημ [...]

    3. Λοιπόν άκου να δεις τώρα, αυτό δεν το περίμενα. Ναι μεν ιδιαίτερη η περίπτωση του Πάνκεϊκ, άλλωστε κάθε προσωπικότητα της τέχνης που πεθαίνει πριν της ώρας της μας συναρπάζει, αλλά δε μπορώ να πω πως η θεματολογία των διηγημάτων του ήταν κάτι που μου κέντρισε το ενδιαφέρον π [...]

    4. February 2009This was a difficult one to review objectively. After all, to read Breece D'J Pancake is to know Breece D'J Pancake, and to know about him is to know about his death. A self-inflicted shotgun blast to the head at age 26, and these twelve stories the only works he left; how can you ignore that? This collection has an almost mythical aura to it, the kind that seems to surround the works of all artists who died long before their time. This is all he wrote--this is all we have. And with [...]

    5. Gli scorpioni non ritornano“Mi alzo. Passerò la notte a casa. Devo chiudere gli occhi nel Michigan, forse anche in Germania o in Cina, non lo so ancora, cammino ma non ho paura. Sento che la mia paura si allontana in cerchi concentrici attraverso il tempo, per un milione di anni”.Questi racconti vivono di un'arida aderenza con le cose, con la materia e con la natura; sono cantati da un'anima fertile e ribelle, ripudiata nella razionalità e nel senso, composti in una prosa irrevocabile e st [...]

    6. Ever buy a book for the poem on the first, unnumbered, page because the poem is so spot on you can hardly stand it? And you didn't have a pen or a big enough scrap of paper or the time to kneel in the aisle of the store and scribble the first line and maybe perhaps the author? And although Professor Dane taught you well and with certainty how to lift a page from any book, including those in fancy temperature controlled archival rooms--like the Huntington and the Bancroft and the Getty--you resis [...]

    7. My Thanks must go first to Melanie for suggesting this amazing book. Thank you for sharing this! The image of a fox on the cover was very misleading as I might have expected peaceful nature stories. A poor assumption, these stories are dark, violent, challenging, hopeful, tragic and just so damned good that I can't explain except to say these stories satisfy absolutely. There is buzzing energy as you hold the book, hot young blood pulses through it, itsShit- Grit- and Mother Wit. I don't know wh [...]

    8. Just 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. The writing was brilliant, and I have a sense that there was a part of Pancake in every one of these stories, he knows his people and his territory well. He committed suicide at the age of 26, and his depressive personality is on view in all of these stories. Not a one of them has anything in it of hope or escape from the bleak landscape that was his part of West Virginia.I was in WV once, in Harper's Ferry, which I thought was a pretty little town nestled in the [...]

    9. The stories of Breece D'J Pancake (real name) look unflinchingly at the gritty realities of the impoverished Appalachian region-- its difficulties, tragedies, and impossibilities, and the strength that people pull together which is somehow never quite enough. Pancake grew up in the hills of West Virginia and took his own life with in 1979 at the age of 27, just as his literary career was beginning to gain a little momentum. While alive, The Atlantic accepted a few of his stories for publication, [...]

    10. *April 2016 update- had to raise this from 4.5 to 5 as the feeling I got from reading the work is so raw, it's really hanging around.This impressive debut collection is perhaps given more weight by the fact that the writer killed himself in his mid twenties, making this his one and only published work. Mr Pancake's shotgun ending helps to confirm the similarity with Hemingway- although I actually thought these stories were better than the Hemingway shorts I have come across in my time. These are [...]

    11. Οι ιστορίες που εκτυλίσσονται σε αυτή τη συλλογή διηγημάτων περιστρέφονται γύρω από τη ζωή απλών, συνηθισμένων ανθρώπων του μόχθου, που εκτελούν χειρωνακτικές εργασίες, ασχολούνται με τη γη, δουλεύουν σε συνεργεία και ανθρακωρυχεία, έχουν για χόμπι τους το κυνήγι, βρίσκου [...]

    12. Από τα βιβλία που διαβάζοντάς τα καταλαβαίνω ότι (πρέπει να) είναι πολύ καλά αλλά εμένα δεν με τραβάνε ιδιαίτερα λόγω είτε θεματολογίας είτε ύφους. Στη συγκεκριμένη περίπτωση το ύφος μου άρεσε πολύ, αλλά δεν με προσέλκυσε το θέμα. Δυτική Βιρτζίνια, αγρότες και εργάτες σε ορυ [...]

    13. Mi sono detto che B.D. Pancake sarebbe stato un grande scrittore nordeuropeo, se solo non fosse nato nel West Virginia. C'è così tanta desolazione nei suoi scritti, tanto senso di attaccamento alla natura che lo circonda, tanto straniamento verso l'uomo e le relazioni che cerca di intessere, che Pancake, su in Islanda, avrebbe forse trovato la sua strada giusta.Pancake muore a 26 anni, suicida. Ci lascia 12 racconti, forse qualcosa in più nei suoi appunti. Cosa si può capire di un ragazzo ch [...]

    14. I'm struggling with this review, just as I struggled with these stories -- not because they're difficult, despite the instances of jargon that aren't always clear from the context and that I came to feel were too inclusive -- but because most of the stories left me lukewarm. The descriptive language and some observations shine, but right now the only character I can bring to mind (even though I finished the book last night) is the first-person unreliable narrator of "Time and Again," which I rea [...]

    15. Τον Μπρις Ντ' Τζ. Πάνκεϊκ η αλήθεια είναι ότι δεν τον γνώριζα, αλλά τον έμαθα μόλις είδα ότι θα κυκλοφορούσε μια συλλογή διηγημάτων του στα ελληνικά, από τις εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο. Έτσι έψαξα να δω ποιος ήταν, τι έχει γράψει και με τι έχουν να κάνουν οι ιστορίες του. Μόλις είδα τη [...]

    16. Pancake's characters are all operating on everything they've got, which is about 70% of what they need. His protagonists, by and large, hunt through these stories driven by hunger and led by a stubborn sense that a sort of perfection can be found in simple human kindness. They're bursting with a desire to give everything of themselves, but seldom find takers. The stories themselves are descriptions of good, flawed people--noble people--operating on tiny margins, making bruising marches through t [...]

    17. This will definitely be a reread. I'm confident that Pancake knew his people and his place. One of the characters says something about, "there's no place to go but here." I'd say that's accurate for these stories. I'd also say this was probably autobiographical in nature but I can't say for sure. Pretty spot on if it's not. If you've ever watched the documentary on Jesco White, you might have a little insight on Pancake's people and place.

    18. Breece D’J Pancake killed himself in 1979, aged 26, mere days before this, his debut collection of short stories was published.These stories roil with the secret histories, fossils, Indian bones, and of course coal embedded in West Virginia. Not to mention memories, anger, and desire: everything bursting, erupting. Secrets of the body—in ‘Trilobites,’ a man is finally, suddenly killed by a shrapnel fragment embedded in his brain years before. All these seismic disturbances compel utterly [...]

    19. Ο Πάνκεικ έζησε και πέθανε νέος στην Βιρτζίνια των Η.Π.Α. Εικοσιεφτά μόλις ετών αυτοκτόνησε, αφήνοντας αυτό το μοναδικό του λογοτεχνικό δείγμα το οποίο σύμφωνα με κριτικές και επαίνους τον κατατάσσει στο πάνθεον των Αμερικάνων διηηγηματογράφων. Ο Πάνκεικ γράφει για την Δυ [...]

    20. Τι ωραίο βιβλίο Τι καταθλιπτικό βιβλίο Μετά από αυτό καταλαβαίνω γιατί αυτοκτόνησε ο συγγραφέας! Αν η ψυχή του κουβαλούσε τόση απογοήτευση και θλίψη, δεν είναι παράξενο που αποφάσισε να εγκαταλείψει το πλοίοΜη παρεξηγήσετε, είναι ένα εξαιρετικά καλογραμμένο και ενδιαφέρ [...]

    21. Δυνατές αφηγήσεις, σκληρές περιγραφές των ανθρώπων. Πραγματικά κρίμα που χάθηκε τόσο νωρίς.Εξαιρετική μετάφραση, - οι υποσημειώσεις στο τέλος του βιβλίου.

    22. Occhi fissi su ciò che è sporco, scorretto, dolorosamente personale, Pancake costruisce un ricordo con cura, lo spolvera un po' e poi comincia a scavarci dentro a mani nude. Ed è una terra disgraziata perché arida con i suoi abitanti, la natura quasi estranea per quanto ogni giorno ripetuta nei suoi dettagli.

    23. jurassic country - racconti primordialiPankake ci apre una porta e ci accompagna in un mondo lontano e primordiale, una provincia americana rurale e depressa, ci mette accanto a minatori, marinai, cacciatori, meccanici, allevatori di tori da competizione, quasi tutti inevitabilmente senza speranza, personaggi che si battono per la sopravvivenza quotidiana in un mondo duro e tendenzialmente poco ospitale. In poche parole, descrivendo brandelli spezzettati di vite anonime, senza spiegazioni o desc [...]

    24. I'm going to give all the credit to author Alan Beard who tipped me off to Breece D'J Pancake. I'll have to eat crow that a Brit new more about Pancake than I did, even though the latter was homegrown. Then again, Alan's stories of life in the Midlands share a similar a bent so its not too surprising he's a fan of Pancake's work (and do check out Taking Doreen Out of the Sky" by Alan, can't recommend it highly enough). Back to the matter at hand As I carried this book around New York City, I met [...]

    25. The first thing you must do to appreciate the strengths of the twelve stories posthumously collected in The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake is to distance yourself from the cult of Breece D'J Pancake, an accretion that has formed around his writing since his suicide in 1979 at the age of 27.There is certainly good writing here, but Pancake wasn't quite yet the new Hemingway of his jacket copy or the savior of modern fiction. Several of his stories are well-polished gems, but more than a few ("The [...]

    26. Immaginate un paese sperduto nella sperduta provincia americana. Un bar semivuoto, in un tardo pomeriggio autunnale. La cameriera fissa il biliardo, annoiata. Pensa che tra poco è sabato sera, e il suo telefono non squillerà. Qualcuno, quel tipo con il giubbotto di pelle, si avvicina al jukebox. Mette su Tom Waits, Murder in the Red Barn. In un angolo, seduti ad un tavolino, Hemingway e McCarthy parlano piano, si scambiano storie. Queste storie potrebbero essere i tredici bellissimi, intensi, [...]

    27. I just purchased a third copy of this book. The first two were thrust into the hands of unsuspecting friends. I am eager to become reacquainted.So plaintive. so emotive. gut wrenching. I'm not sure how I've never run across this guy, but he is absolutely captivating. A tragic personal story, not too dissimilar to John Kennedy Toole from what I understand. He ultimately succumbed to his pain and committed suicide before he could gain the recognition deserved. The Hemingway comparison is obvious, [...]

    28. Οκ αποφάσισα να το ξεκινήσω διαβάζοντας τη βιογραφία του Πανκεικ: αυτοκτονία στα 27 έχοντας δημοσιεύσει έξι μόλις διηγήματα ενώ άλλα έξι βρέθηκαν αδημοσιεύτα στα χαρτιά του. Ένας "καταραμένος", μεταιχμιακός συγγραφέας δηλαδή κατευθείαν από το σύμπαν του Μπολάνιο. Εγκλωβισ [...]

    29. Ακριβείς περιγραφές προσώπων καταστάσεων και τόπων σε ενα φτωχό αφιλόξενο μέρος του αμερικανικού ονείρου.Τους ήρωες του ο Pancake τους δομεί σαν ενα μικρο ψηφιδωτό και το αποτέλεσμα ειναι εκπληκτικό. Εξαιρετική η δουλεια του μεταφραστή που ενέσκυψε πανω στο κείμενο χωρις φα [...]

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