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Monthly Archive for October, 2012

Butler, “Snow”

I have found through the reading of Butler’s stories that I am always transported. I am transported to a different time, or a different place. What I enjoy about his work is that it is both foreign to and familiar to me. What I mean is,  Butler knows that English-speaking people will read his stories, […]

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“A Ghost Story”

But that is a foolish, romantic notion.  I have no hesitation in telling you that.  The major died horribly in the jaws of this enticing woman.  And if you care about what I’m saying and you do not despise me for calling you foolish, even if I have no guile anymore and I call you […]

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Bergman’s “Night Hunting”  was a story about life and death.  It explores the relationship between a mother and her young.  Bergman forces the reader to feel a sadness towards the way the food chain works.  Even though the coyotes were something to be feared, you felt bad for them because they are only trying to […]

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Megan Mayhew Bergman is able to take a seemingly average life and twist it into an incredible emotional struggle. In “Night Hunting,” the narrator is a teenage girl who is trying to come to terms with the fact that her mother is dying of breast cancer. Throughout the story, Hannah is caught between having to […]

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Butler, “A Ghost Story”

  This story had me captivated. I enjoyed the directness of the 1st person speaker and how the voice drew me, the reader, into the story. There were many elements to this piece that I had not noticed before in Butler’s work. The first is how the story transitioned from a 1st person narrative to […]

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Vaughn’s Other Women

Vaughn’s story “Other Woman” was extremely frustrating to me.  In the beginning it felt like a story about a complex relationship between two people. It was much more than that.  The complex relationship extended between four people in this story, and it was interesting to see the different dynamics of the relationships presented. First, the […]

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Bergman’s decision to begin each paragraph without a transition into the next thought proved to be very effective due to the narrator’s attitude towards her bad luck concerning love. She is very indecisive throughout the story, and the depths of her confusion are shown through juxtaposed syntax. I think it’s interesting that she has such […]

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Robert Olen Butler’s “Mid-Autumn” features a Vietnamese woman speaking to her unborn child about their heritage and the heartache that came along with losing the love of her life, Bao. The narrative is told differently in contrast to other stories as the narrator takes on the voice of a woman. As opposed to his conventionally […]

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“In the Clearing”

Butler has certainly had me on an emotional roller coaster. Having this story immediately follow “Mid-Autumn” made it especially powerful and helped me to feel the scope of the tragedy that the Vietnam War brought on its people. Moments, like the one in the clearing where the narrator was feeling the fear, caught my breath […]

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Robert Olen Butler’s “Love”

Robert Olen Butler’s “Love” concerns a man questioning his identity as a Vietnamese man in American society as he copes with his wife’s coquettish behavior. In Vietnam, he was able to use his abilities as a spy to essentially wipe out any man who tried pursuing his wife. However, in America, he discovered his small […]

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