The Night In Question: Stories

One of the sinuous and subtly crafted stories in Tobias Wolff s new collection his first in eleven years begins with a man biting a dog The fact that Wolff is reversing familiar expectations is only half the point The other half is that Wolff makes the reversal seem inevitable the dog has attacked his protagonist s young daughter And everywhere in The Night in QuestiOne of the sinuous and subtly crafted stories in Tobias Wolff s new collection his first in eleven years begins with a man biting a dog The fact that Wolff is reversing familiar expectations is only half the point The other half is that Wolff makes the reversal seem inevitable the dog has attacked his protagonist s young daughter And everywhere in The Night in Question, we are reminded that truth is deceptive, volatile, and often the last thing we want to know.A young reporter writes an obituary only to be fired when its subject walks into his office, very much alive A soldier in Vietnam goads his lieutenant into sending him on increasingly dangerous missions An impecunious mother and son go window shopping for a domesticity that is forever beyond their grasp Seamless, ironic, dizzying in their emotional aptness, these fifteen stories deliver small, exquisite shocks that leave us feeling invigorated and intensely alive.
The Night In Question Stories One of the sinuous and subtly crafted stories in Tobias Wolff s new collection his first in eleven years begins with a man biting a dog The fact that Wolff is reversing familiar expectations is only h

  • Title: The Night In Question: Stories
  • Author: Tobias Wolff
  • ISBN: 9780679781554
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. The Night in Question, Tobias Wolff تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیستم ژانویه سال 2010 میلادیعنوان: شب مورد نظر؛ نویسنده: توبیاس وولف؛ مترجم: منیر شاخساری؛ تهران، چشمه، 1388؛ در 147 ص؛ شابک: 9789643625399؛ موضوع: داستانهای کوتاه از نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 20 مداستانهای: اموات، شب موردنظر؛ گلوه ای در مغز؛ قربانی؛ [...]

    2. I liked this collection - the first one I've read by Tobias Wolff, a writer that I always meant to read but somehow never did. Wolff is mainly a short story author, which is a declining profession in this day and age - instead of being published in various magazines as they were ages ago, short stories seem to be retreating back to literary journals which hardly anybody reads and fat anthologies which people purchase and put on their shelves. There's real perspective of the short story actually [...]

    3. 3 starsA book of short stories. Some were very good, some had you scratching your head wondering what you just read and others made no sense. I think my favorite of the 15 stories was the very last. A man impatiently waiting in line at the bank realizes that the bank is being robbed. He cannot stay silent when told to do so. He ends up one on one with one of the robbers. He still will not comply. A bullet is put in his head. The rest of the story describes exactly what he thinks prior to death. [...]

    4. I was familiar with some of these stories from magazines, anthologies like The Best American Short Stories series, and The New Yorker podcast. And I’m a big fan ofThe Vintage Book Of American Short Stories, which Tobias Wolff edited and which contains some of the best short fiction from the past half a century. (Note to self: I need to finish that book some day and review it properly.)But I’d never read a Wolff book all the way through. My loss. This is a very strong collection of 15 stories [...]

    5. I've always loved Tobias Wolff's writing but this is the first book of his short stories I've read. These stories pack an enormous punch, full of damaged people and screwed-up families, and horrendous situations that people make worse through selfish and self-righteous actions. Wolff has an incredible gift for depicting the internal monologues of people who are convinced they're doing the right thing in spite of all the available evidence. The best stories in here are often the ones that draw on [...]

    6. Loved this collection of short stories. I kept thinking of how much of it reminded me of other narratives that I have enjoyed--"Smorgasbord" reminded me of Lorrie Moore, with its weird, unexplained quirkiness and strong femininity, "The Chain" recalled a Coen brothers script, and "The Life of the Body" felt like a George Saunders story (though this last comparison should not be too surprising, given that Wolff served as a mentor to Saunders). Really good stuff, and better than the long-form memo [...]

    7. I discovered this collection of short stories in the small library in my co-op's laundry room, and what a happy chance meeting it has been. Every story in this collection made me say to myself: Damn, I wish I could write like that! Clear, unpretentious, economical, wry, emotionally authentic, and with unexpected twists and developments that knocked me on my mind's ass and made me think about the stories for hours after reading them. The last story in the book, Bullet In The Brain, stays with me [...]

    8. واقعا مجموعه داستان فوق العاده ای بود. لذت بردم بیشتر از شیوه روایت که محشر بودیک دنیاتشکر مجدد ازمهران نجفی برای اینکه این اثر را پیشنهاد کردند.با اجازه رعنا ولیلی دوستا خوبم میخوام از شیوه شان استفاده کنم و هر کدام از داستانهای این مجموعه را ستاره باران کنم.:)داستان قربانی و [...]

    9. All because of "Bullet in the Brain." The first time I encountered this story was at a Tobias Wolff reading, and those were shimmering minutes (especially the last half of the story). A few years later I was lucky enough to see the premiere of Word for Word's theatrical (and word-for-word) adaptation of the piece. I think of this story often, and it reminds me again and again to be present, to be present, to be awake and to enjoy.

    10. I was surprisingly disappointed by this book. A good story should have, in my opinion, either a great idea, a nice twist, or a certain atmosphere that makes it unforgettable. These stories failed to leave an impression on me. There were a few that stood out from the lot, such as "The Other Miller", or "The Night in Question", but even from those I expected more. The style felt unnatural, strained and overly polished, as if the writer worked so hard on his craft that he forgot to enjoy it.

    11. Man bites dog. Of course the pooch had it coming. In noted memoirist and short story master Tobias Wolff’s third collection of stories, that particular nibble leads to a sequence of events that would have made O Henry nod in appreciation. And this should come as no surprise. Wolff has won three O Henry awards for his short fiction. In addition he has won a Pen/Faulker, a Story Prize and Rea Award. His work is mentioned in the same breath as that of Raymond Carver. They were both on the Syracus [...]

    12. Ci sentiamo obbligati a sorridere delle passioni dei giovani, e di ciò che ricordiamo delle nostre personali passioni giovanili, come se non fossero altro che una serie di dolci inganni con cui ci siamo baloccati, prima di mettere giudizio. Non parlo solo della passione che i ragazzi e le ragazze provano gli uni per gli altri ma anche delle altre passioni, la passione per la giustizia, la passione di fare ciò che è giusto fare a costo di rigirare il mondo come un guanto. Tutte queste passioni [...]

    13. کوتاه و دلنشینداستانها لزوماً پایان خاصی نداشتند، اما خوب بودند

    14. All of Wolff's stories, with the exception of maybe three, are exquisitely crafted. Putting on my pompous hat, I'd say Wolff masterfully distills the essence of the hidden miracles of everyday experience, effectuating something wonderfully blah blah blah, etc. etc. Gems include: "Two Boys and a Girl," "Smorgasbord," the eponymous story, "Firelight," and the first one about the obits writer. I'd even name the last one as a gem, too, if I were to re-read it.

    15. REVIEWI had never heard of Tobias Wolff before randomly finding this book in a thrift store, but a little internet research pre-read told me I should have. It turned out he was heavily lauded and showered with awards and adoration, and also published some semi-classics, such as In Pharoah's Army. Fortified with this information, I actually held off on the book, secure in the fact that it would be an interesting read for a later day, and also looking forward to challenging the esteem of such a pr [...]

    16. Started yesterday with "Mortals" - typically deadpan and mysterious. Woolf has been compared to Raymond Carver for good reason.The second story, "Casualty," is set in Vietnam. More good, gritty stuff. The stuff that "dirty fiction" is made of I suppose.Last night's story(Powder) brought back memories of me in the company of my bad-acting father. Even down to the little sports car. More short-and-sweet(bitter) reality.I've been reading several stories the past few days by battery light while my p [...]

    17. I enjoyed reading these short stories, but I did not always appreciate the ending. More often than not, the ending left me perplexed or unsatisfied. 3.5 stars

    18. Wow. This is definitely a 6 or 7 star book/collection of short stories, IMO. Strong, memorable characters? Yes. Interesting and engaging plot lines? Yes. Lots of wisdom and insight? Yes. Plenty of humor and even a few laugh-out-loud moments? Yes. And perhaps the most important, a moment capable of giving you the shivers? Yes.Excerpt from Sanity and referring to books written on sexual technique:"People write about technique," she said, "as if it's the whole ball game, which is a complete joke. Y [...]

    19. I’ve grown weary of a certain type of fiction. Fiction that presents itself as fiction. Better said, fiction whose language strives (w/o precision) for poetry’s vague enchantments, and whose stories and details are of the kind that fruity old professors speak about in succulent terms, terms like pieces of brownly broiled chicken, these professors smacking their lips maddeningly on nothing but their ideas of something juicy. Somewhere a saucy Shakespearean actor shouts the word, “acting,” [...]

    20. I came across Tobais Wolff as a result of Carver and Cheever. I have to say that I am very happy that I did. Clearly someone who has mastered the short story form, Wolff writes about the small conflicts of every day life with a sharp eye, keen wit and palpable sensitivity and unlike Carver he isn't awash in booze and constant anguish (which isn't a critique of Carver who I love). The stories range from the heartbreaks of unrequited love as a teenager to class struggle to a man biting a dog's ear [...]

    21. September/October 2011An obituary writer discovers that one of his subjects is still alive, a soldier takes advantage of a bureaucratic mix-up, boys get side-tracked in their airplane-building project, and one man's retaliation against a dog attack leads to unforeseen but devastating consequences. And others. I haven't read Wolff before, so I don't really share the admiration and excitement expressed by other reviewers (really, I just bought it because there was a train on the cover), but I like [...]

    22. This maybe the only book I've read three times in my life, and some of these stories, I'm sure ("The Night in Question"; "Bullet in the Brain") I've read many more times than that. Wolff writes with all the economic efficiency of Raymond Carver, and like Carver, his stories have sub-text that is much louder than what is actually happening on the page. But unlike Carver, Wolff's stories go places. They hinge on the borderline eccentric- a faux obituary, a man-bites-dog story, mistaken identity- b [...]

    23. I'm not drawn to short story collections, but after reading Wolff's This Boy's Life and In Pharoah's Army and hearing him speak at Notre Dame, I bought The Night in Question about 20 years ago. I'm glad I finally took it off my shelf and read it--the stories are bright and engaging. Wolff's style is direct, his characterizations precise and believable.I especially liked "Flyboys" and "Two Boys and a Girl." And his final story--"Bullet in the Brain" is a bizarre homage to literary critics.

    24. داستان‌های میلر دیگر، شعله‌ی آتش و شب مورد نظر را دوست داشتم؛ به خصوص میلر دیگر.

    25. I am attracted to the idea of short stories so sometimes I have gone on a run of buying used short story books. So it makes sense that I might occasionally go on a run of reading short story books. I am not familiar with this author and had no special reason that I can recall for picking out The Night in Question.But the first story intrigues me so I think I will read on. A writer has recently landed a job as the obituary man for the local paper but is fired when one of his subjects turns up ali [...]

    26. Hmm. I don't know. I really don't. These stories are all well-written; Wolff has poise, control, restraint, his characters are efficiently and fully formed, the situations are both believable and resonant/touching, and he doesn't (for the most part) rely on style or unorthodox voice to drive his stories (not that there would be anything wrong with doing so). And yet, though. I think the problem I had most often with these stories was that so often he creates such a compelling context/etc. for th [...]

    27. The only thing stopping me from saying "Flyboys" is the best story in The Night in Question is the absolute perfection of "Bullet in the Brain," and the only thing stopping me from saying "Bullet in the Brain" is the best story ever is, well, I don't know. I had the awesome pleasure of getting to hear Tobias Wolff read that story (as well as some of Old School) when he gave a reading in Pittsburgh a few years ago. I had liked the story before, but after his reading I loved it, and I can't say at [...]

    28. "'I'm a survivor,' I said. But I didn't think that claim would carry much weight in an obituary" (11)."Through the crazed Plexiglass she could make out some small islands and the white glint of a shit in the apex of its wake" (34)."Like being in a speedboat, only better. You can't go downhill in a boat" (37)."At night, after he'd prepared his classes, he drank wine and read nineteenth-century novels. He didn't like modern fiction, its narcissism, its moral timidity, its silence in the face of gr [...]

    29. These stories exhibit Wolff's strengths: brisk narrative flow, memorable characters that come to life in a few strokes, the odd nugget of wisdom, and pithy metaphors.I love Wolff, and this collection is no disappointment. There are some fine stories here; my favorite is the title story. In it, Wolff is able to tell a one-scene story that magically, it would seem, conjures up the full lives and histories of a brother and sister and their family history. I also really like "The Life of the Body."S [...]

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