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eBook At the Jim Bridger: Stories ePub

by Ron Carlson

  • ISBN: 0312307241
  • Category: Short Stories and Anthologies
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Ron Carlson
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Picador; First edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Pages: 208
  • ePub book: 1941 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1364 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 272

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Acclaim for Ron Carlson’s At the Jim Bridger Carlson goes beyond conventions to create characters . Ron Carlson-long one of our finest storytellers-is in peak form in At the Jim Bridger

Acclaim for Ron Carlson’s At the Jim Bridger Carlson goes beyond conventions to create characters who in their strangeness become suddenly rich with life, their situations lying just beyond th. Ron Carlson-long one of our finest storytellers-is in peak form in At the Jim Bridger. If you wish to understand how it is we live at the beginning of the twenty-first century, you must read Ron Carlson. Robert Olen Butler, author of Good Scent from a Strange Mountain. All these stories are immediately engaging.

Welcome to the short stories of Ron Carlson, where strange beach towels turn up in your living room; where the ordinary son of a family of geniuses spins a rollicking tale of happiness and disappointment; where a teenaged magician seduces the prettiest girl in his high school and the world, with.

Welcome to the short stories of Ron Carlson, where strange beach towels turn up in your living room; where the ordinary son of a family of geniuses spins a rollicking tale of happiness and disappointment; where a teenaged magician seduces the prettiest girl in his high school and the world, with devastating consequences

Trying to sum up a Ron Carlson story is like trying to hold sparkling spring water in your bare hands-no matter how you cup your fingers, some of the magical stuff leaks ou. .At the Jim Bridger shows us a real master at work.

Trying to sum up a Ron Carlson story is like trying to hold sparkling spring water in your bare hands-no matter how you cup your fingers, some of the magical stuff leaks ou. do the work of true art. Ordinary things, which never before seemed wonderful, suddenly, gracefully, are. ―Esquire. Carlson written an accomplished, open-hearted book, full of good, grown-up humor and fierce intelligence

She was sitting dead center in the middle of the big empty barroom like a lost child. On the other side of the bar station two guys played pool at one of the twelve tables.

She was sitting dead center in the middle of the big empty barroom like a lost child. ished cement; it was not a very comfortable place, but they filled it every night with all the young brokers who were still in mourning for college. Did you notice how there’s no work anymore? she said when I sat down. This place used to be a factory. I work, I said No you don’t. You fly around and talk for money. You don’t think air travel is work?.

At the Jim Bridger" is Carlson's newest book of stories and I had extremely high hopes for it. However the up and down quality of the stories didn't grab me like the other books have

At the Jim Bridger" is Carlson's newest book of stories and I had extremely high hopes for it. However the up and down quality of the stories didn't grab me like the other books have.

At the Jim Bridger" is Carlson's third book of short stories in a row; each time I didn't think it was possible for him . Start with any of these stories, and you'll soon be hooked. Read "At the Jim Bridger" from the front, from the back, it doesn't matter.

At the Jim Bridger" is Carlson's third book of short stories in a row; each time I didn't think it was possible for him to surpass himself, but somehow he does. His whimsical, funny, sad stories about love and lost and possibility are far truer to me than Carver's stories of dissolution. Soon you'll be grabbing other Carlson books-"News of the World," "Plan B," "Hotel Eden"-and the next thing you know, you'll have devoured everything he's written the way I have. Nobody cares more about the short story than Ron, and it shows.

At the Jim Bridger: Stories. Carlson paces his tale with craft and care, never hurrying

At the Jim Bridger: Stories. Carlson paces his tale with craft and care, never hurrying. The Signal" is about broken innocence and how, for the individual at least, balance might be found again. Carlson's a romantic -- even when he's writing about failings, folly and violence.

Praise for At the Jim Bridger

Praise for At the Jim Bridger. The subtle excellence of these stories makes it easy to lose oneself in them and, more impressively, to recall them later with such clarity and emotion that they seem like one's own memories. The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Ron Carlson (born 1947) is an American novelist, short story writer, and ex-professor. Carlson was born in Logan, Utah, and grew up in Salt Lake City. He received a master's degree in English from the University of Utah

Ron Carlson (born 1947) is an American novelist, short story writer, and ex-professor. He received a master's degree in English from the University of Utah. He then taught at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, where he began his first novel.

Welcome to the short stories of Ron Carlson, where strange beach towels turn up in your suburban living room .

Epic in scope and confessional in tone, At the Jim Bridger enfolds the reader in a world of love and mystery, and makes us feel better than just about anything written on the page.

Welcome to the short stories of Ron Carlson, where strange beach towels turn up in your suburban living room; where the ordinary son of a family of geniuses spins a rollicking tale of happiness and disappointment; and where a desperate ex-con with a broken heart must hide out in a desert hotel, only to make a startling discovery. Epic in scope and confessional in tone, At the Jim Bridger enfolds the reader in a world of love and mystery, and makes us feel better than just about anything written on the page.

Comments

Heraly Heraly
Ron Carlson is a masterful writer of short stories, that being said, I feel like this book does not stand up to his other collections - The Hotel Eden,Plan B For Middle Class &The News of the World.

I first found Ron Carlson after reading a magazine review of his latest novel, The Signal: A Novel. Instead of taking on that novel, I started with his short stories and fell in love with them.

"At the Jim Bridger" is Carlson's newest book of stories and I had extremely high hopes for it. However the up and down quality of the stories didn't grab me like the other books have.

One of the greatest reviews I've ever read regarding Ron Carlson's short stories is as follows "Trying to sum up a Ron Carlson story is like trying to hold sparkling spring water in your bare hands - no matter how you cup your fingers, some of the magical stuff leaks out." - The Seattle Times.

This collection has 9 stories and 2 very short interludes, some of my favorites were -

At the Jim Bridger

The Potato Gun

The Ordinary Son

At the El Sol

At Copper View

If you've never read Ron Carlson and you want to check out his short stories, please do yourself a favor and start with any of his other books. Of his four novels, I've read "The Signal" and enjoyed it immensely and I hope to read his award winning Five Skies soon.

Enjoy~
Perius Perius
When I heard Ron Carlson talk about the illumination and toleration in reading and writing a few weeks ago, I thought I knew for sure that this man was a great writer, an inspirational author, someone who was speaking to me. But reading At the Jim Bridger opened my eyes to realize that beyond some clever phrases he left much to be desired. The book's moral bankruptcy is disappointing and the author's indulgence in pointless topics turned me away. Carlson will has a good passage of description in each story and about every other story discusses a topic worth reading about and joining the character on his/her journey, but most of the time, his stories are not worth their weight in hay. It's a shame that someone with so much potential does not put it to good use. These stories reach into the minds and pasts of their characters and we get to follow them through a climactic point in their lives and then they end. He does not give the reader any substance from which to draw conclusions. He once said that, "reading is about walking into the light," while, "writing is about tolerating the dark". I can see that sometimes he was in the dark while writing but I expected to walk into the light at some point during his stories, to have the lights turn on or at least be handed a lantern, but I felt like I was walking down a mountain trail using my cell phone to light the way. I'm sorry I chose to read a book by Ron Carlson.
Dilmal Dilmal
Bought it by mistake , I hurriedly thought I was getting Jim Bridger stories ..I am reading the book and glad I bought it . Short stories are entertaining .
MisterMax MisterMax
Excellent stories all. Towel Season especially. I heard this on Selected Shorts and had to check out the rest of his work
Original Original
When I read Carlson's novel Five Skies, I was enchanted by the portrait of men working to bring each other through and along, the exploration of basic human decency. I found the same in At the Jim Bridger. There are mistakes, blunders, flaws, infidelities and tragedies, but the essential view of humanity is that it's good at heart. I can't express how welcome this is.

There are many high school stories in this collection, but each is distinct enough to keep the collection from feeling repetitive in theme. "Evil Eye Allen" interested me because it reminded me of a Steven Millhauser short story called "Dangerous Laughter." Both were about teens and parlor games and the sixties, but this one was beautiful and the Millhauser was awful. "The Potato Gun," a portrait of a first date and a family death, could have veered into sappy if not for Carlson's ability to ratchet down the prose to a fine, tight point that will not allow pathos or bathos to leak in.

I enjoyed every story in this collection. I'd read "The Towel Season" in Esquire, and loved it more upon rereading. In fact, this and "The Ordinary Son" are my favorites, dealing as they do with the problem of genius in the real world. But "At the Jim Bridger" is the best in the book. A man disappoints himself by using an edited version of the most honest, elemental experience of his life as a tool of seduction and fears that he's ruined everything; his life, his marriage, and above all, the truth of the experience.

Very highly recommended.
GoodBuyMyFriends GoodBuyMyFriends
Start with any of these stories, and you'll soon be hooked. Read "At the Jim Bridger" from the front, from the back, it doesn't matter. Soon you'll be grabbing other Carlson books--"News of the World," "Plan B," "Hotel Eden"--and the next thing you know, you'll have devoured everything he's written the way I have. Nobody cares more about the short story than Ron, and it shows. Stories like "Towel Season," "Ordinary Son" and "Potato Gun" are told by narrators who only get one shot making their stories matter to others, and all they have is heart, humor and voice to get them there. And the title piece is an explication on story telling from the master. You simply won't be able to put this book down. One caution, however: if you read this book in public be prepared for strangers glaring at you because of all your laughing.