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eBook Little Kingdoms: Three Novellas ePub

by Steven MILLHAUSER

  • ISBN: 0753808234
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Steven MILLHAUSER
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix; First Edition edition (1999)
  • Pages: 240
  • ePub book: 1228 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1288 kb
  • Other: mbr azw lit rtf
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 876

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Steven Millhauser is our preeminent literary explorer of the imagination. In three brilliant novellas, he brings to life three marvelous invented worlds and their odd, dark, and often wondrous relation with the larger kingdom of the real world

Steven Millhauser is our preeminent literary explorer of the imagination. In three brilliant novellas, he brings to life three marvelous invented worlds and their odd, dark, and often wondrous relation with the larger kingdom of the real world. In "The Little Kingdom of J. Franklin Payne," the quiet attic study, the grainy white rice paper, and the panels Payne draws for his animated cartoons gradually seduce the artist away from domestic life and into an invented world on the other side of the moon.

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In "The Little Kingdom of J. Franklin Payne," a gentle eccentric constructs an elaborate alternate universe that is all the more appealing for being transparently unreal.

Steven Millhauser (born August 3, 1943) is an American novelist and short story writer. He won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel Martin Dressler. Millhauser was born in New York City, grew up in Connecticut, and earned a . from Columbia University in 1965. He then pursued a doctorate in English at Brown University. He never completed his dissertation but wrote parts of Edwin Mullhouse and From the Realm of Morpheus in two separate stays at Brown

Anyone who hasn't read "The King in the Tree" is really missing something extraordinarily special.

Anyone who hasn't read "The King in the Tree" is really missing something extraordinarily special. The first novella, "Revenge" was simply not to my taste but it is perfectly crafted and oozing in irony and sarcasm.

With Little Kingdoms, Steven Millhauser proves his fantasy mettle once again

Three distinct, imaginative worlds are created in three novellas by the author of In the Penny Arcade, each one serving as a fantastic mirror to the real world. With Little Kingdoms, Steven Millhauser proves his fantasy mettle once again. The three novellas, excellent in their various ways, kept me glued to the pages. Of Millhauser's writing: what can be said?

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Steven Millhauser writes that kind of book. All three of the novellas that make up The King in the Tree inhabit eerie realms of the imagination

Steven Millhauser writes that kind of book. The San Diego Union-Tribune. The King in the Tree is a flawless retelling of the story of Tristan and Iseult. All three of the novellas that make up The King in the Tree inhabit eerie realms of the imagination. Here men and women yearn for love, but it’s a poison more often than a tonic. All three of the novellas have Millhauser’s gifted storytelling voice going for them-a voice that grabs the reader by the ear and makes him pay attention. Millhauser’s characters are poignantly likable.

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Modigas Modigas
A really special book. Stephen Millhauser is one of my favorite writers, and this is my favorite of his books. There is nothing else like it. Highly recommended .
Voodoolkree Voodoolkree
I am trying to permanently enter the world(s) of Millhauser. Seriously, no one better for meta-fictionalists.
Error parents Error parents
the three novellas in this book are all very different in style and content, but written so cleverly. the 1st story is mesmerizing and the the 2nd - dark fairy story style is so surprising after it that i was instantly enchanted - loved it!
Querlaca Querlaca
It's been a while since I've read anything by Steven Millhauser. I jumped into his short stories several years ago with the collections The Knife Thrower and The Barnum Museum, got a good feel for his style (which I liked), and moved to other books in my stack. I have certainly felt Millhauser's pull since that time, and I couldn't ignore it any longer. LITTLE KINGDOMS was an excellent choice for getting back into his work.

The three novellas comprising LITTLE KINGDOMS are thematically related, in that they all showcase how art at first replaces reality, and then assumes it. In "The Little Kingdom of J. Franklin Payne", a newspaper cartoonist turns to animated side-projects to escape from his unsatisfying life. Millhauser works wonders with this tale, effectively capturing the spirit of comic strips and animation in the early 20th Century and bringing them to surprising life. "The Princess, the Dwarf, and the Dungeon" shows how we shape our own mythologies, and how they in turn shape us. By the end of the tale, the two perspectives are merged into an astounding whole. Finally, "Catalogue of the Exhibition: The Art of Edmund Moorash (1810 - 1846)" uses the descriptions of an artist's paintings to tell the artist's life story, and what descriptions they are. The catalogue format enables Millhauser's creativity to run free, creating objects that might be too unsettling or terrifying to view in real life. While it is not essential to read these novellas together, I feel that doing so shows how Millhauser effectively uses different styles of writing to present a single theme.

In addition, there is another common theme of relationships in distress. To go much further into this might ruin the stories, but I will say that the main characters in these three novellas do not have healthy relationships with their loved ones. But for all the problems present with the main characters, they sure do make for fascinating subjects.
Heraly Heraly
The first of the three novellas that comprise this book, The Little Kingdom of J. Franklin Payne, is by itself worth the price of admission. Unusually direct for Millhauser, the story of an obsessed cartoonist in turn of the century New York engages the emotions as well as the intellect, creating a quietly heartbreaking family portrait while vividly depicting the joys and agonies of iconoclastic creativity.
The Princess, the Dwarf, and the Dungeon is a yet another post-modern fairy tale, but after a slow start becomes quite intriguing, let down only by an overly facile conclusion.
Catalogue of the Exhibition is a brilliant idea -- the story of an artist and his circle told in the catalogue for an exhibition of his work -- and seems perfect for Millhauser, whose love for (and skill at) describing invented painting and drawing seemingly knows no bounds, yet this novella disappoints. The "Catalogue" idea seems tacked on as the entries grow to fill pages barely about the painting at hand, and the story never quite punches through the conceit. But we do get some wonderfully spooky descriptions of Lovecraftian canvases.
Millhauser's certainly an acquired taste and not for everyone, but if you've enjoyed any of his other work this collection, particularly its fine first tale, will likely please.
Envias Envias
With Little Kingdoms, Steven Millhauser proves his fantasy mettle once again. The three novellas, excellent in their various ways, kept me glued to the pages. Admittedly, the first story was a bit plodding (hence the four star rating), but I absolutely devoured the last half of the book.
Of Millhauser's writing: what can be said? The stories are fantastic in their simplicity, which somehow has a tendency to become sinister, dark, and compelling. This is not Millhauser's most accessible collection (The Barnum Museum or In The Penny Arcade takes that title), but for fans of the author, this is quite the treat.
Sharpmane Sharpmane
I've read several of Millhauser's books, and the first (and longest) novela in this book is one of my favorite. It's about a cartoonist who begins creating animations in the 1920's. He becomes more and more obsessed... wonderful descriptions of his drawings... but his interactions with his wife and daughter are touching and very sad. This story will have a lasting effect.