I d Like The thirteen short stories that make up Amanda Michalopoulou s I d Likeread like versions of an unwritten novel each riveting tale resonateswith the others and yet a sense of their connectedness rema

  • Title: I'd Like
  • Author: Amanda Michalopoulou Karen Emmerich
  • ISBN: 9781564784933
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • The thirteen short stories that make up Amanda Michalopoulou s I d Likeread like versions of an unwritten novel each riveting tale resonateswith the others, and yet a sense of their connectedness remainstantalizingly out of grasp Instead, we are presented with akaleidoscope of characters and events, signs and emotions, linked by theuncanny repetition of certain details The thirteen short stories that make up Amanda Michalopoulou s I d Likeread like versions of an unwritten novel each riveting tale resonateswith the others, and yet a sense of their connectedness remainstantalizingly out of grasp Instead, we are presented with akaleidoscope of characters and events, signs and emotions, linked by theuncanny repetition of certain details blossoming almond trees, redberets, bleeding feet, accidents small and large Michalopoulou scharacters are both patently fictitious and profoundly real, as theymove through a world in which even the smallest of everyday occurrencescan take on enormous significance I d Like offers a touching, utterly unique reading experience from one of Greece s most innovative young storytellers.

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    1. Amanda Michalopoulou Karen Emmerich says:

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    2 thoughts on “I'd Like

    1. Michalopoulou writes that she set out to "write stories that would read like versions of an unwritten novel," but, with the final such "version," "I'd Like (Orchestral Version)" deflates that claim. It is something of a shame to have this appear on the jacket copy: it collapses the focus that the reader can bring to bear on the book's "stories," as even reading them as "stories" tends to do. Forget about "versions of an unwritten novel," forget about "stories," and you will be better served. As [...]

    2. A delightful little book with recurring characters and artefacts which intercept each other. More than a "short stories collection" it is a non-linear text where time IS, defying our stubborn construction of causality.

    3. A dazzlingly beautiful cycle of stories, all of them fragmentary and allusive. They come closest to all being traumatic recreations and workings-thru of some primal event that itself remains incomplete. I think that's a little misleading, because I think the last story means to give the game away, but that's less interesting to me, and anyhow, the last story leaves out too much to really stand on its own. That said, a really interesting, rich and rewarding collection. This one's a winner.Matt

    4. I started this book of short stories called "I'd Like" late on Saturday and finished it early Monday, which probably tells you how much I enjoyed it.As the author, Amanda Micalopoulou, states in her afterword, instead of a general anthology; she ended up writing "stories that would read like versions of an unwritten novel", and indeed they do. That is not to say that the stories themselves are not self-contained, they all are, but there is a - sometimes bewildering - series of motifs and themes [...]

    5. Very strong collection. The best story was "Teef," as it kept teetering between realism and fable. Sometimes the tendency is to exoticize the foreign, and since I don't know exactly about psychiatric treatment facilities in Greece, it's hard to tell the fabulous from the real. The story walks tightly on either side of the line and keeps the reader in suspense, while the narration is masterful and confident in exposition, but this confidence is upended in the dialogue. Michalopoulou is a gifted w [...]

    6. I'D LIKE is essentially about a family--Dad, Mom, Christina, and Stella the youngest who narrates the book. Direct dialogue rather than willful acts tells the nonlinear story but leads to some fuzziness and wonder. Michalopoulou writes that the stories makeup a family's biography (129). Their sequence and Stella's memories mix up biological time, so the reader must wade through the temporary confusion. The characters can be at times nameless impressions, signaled by a red beret, a talent for bal [...]

    7. This is a collection of thirteen short stories linked through imagery and ideas and recurring characters. Michalopoulou writes in her afterword that these stories talk about their own origins as well as of the fictional biography of their creator--an interesting intention, no doubt, but one that might have failed if each of these stories had not been masterfully crafted. As it is, each one is a gem. A brilliant collection from a very talented author.

    8. I really enjoyed this short book of interwoven short stories and the way they built up on each other slowly, so that every time I read a new one I re-thought whom and what they were each about, and which ones were maybe dreams, or wishes, and which ones "really" happened. Yay, random library find!

    9. Ok I i read this in Greek, and i simply consider it the best thing I have ever read by a greek writer. An absolute masterpiece, I'd like is a study on human wishes, thoughts and feelings, that everyone should check out. My favourite book.

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