Breece D’J Pancake was born in West Virginia in He attended Marshall University, taught English at Virginia military schools, and then entered the. The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake has ratings and reviews. Melanie said: These 12 stories silenced the general clamour I carry around with me. 11 quotes from Breece D’J Pancake: ‘I feel my fear moving away in rings through time for a million years.’, ‘Well, when everybody’s going this way, it’s time to turn.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. James Alan McPherson Forward. Breece D’J Pancake cut short a remarkably promising career when he took his own life in at the age of In Little, Brown and Company’s posthumous publication of this book electrified the literary world with a force that still resounds across two decades.
A collection of stories that depict the world of Pancake’s native rural West Virginia with astonishing power Breece D’J Pancake cut short a remarkably promising career when he took his own life in at the age of A collection of stories that depict the world of Pancake’s native rural West Virginia with astonishing power and grace, The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake has remained continuously in print and is a perennial favorite among aspiring writers, participants in creative writing programs, and students of contemporary American fiction.
Published July 1st by Back Bay Books first published West Virginia United States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Feb 25, Melanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: These 12 stories silenced the general clamour I carry around with me. Receiving that honest and embracing nature of his is a nourishing and often bracing experience. The stories offer you a bruising. The characters are deeply connected to nature, they are earn These 12 stories silenced the general clamour I carry around with me.
The characters are deeply connected to nature, they are earnest when they choose to dream, they fill up on wild meat and whatever emptiness disguises itself as. The prose is just his. All 12 are a master class.
If you haven’t had the pleasure yet, you are in for a treat.
View all 5 comments. Aug 18, Jacob rated it really liked it Shelves: Lancake This was a difficult one to review objectively. A self-inflicted shotgun blast to the head at age 26, and these twelve stories the only works he left; how can you ignore that? This collection has an almost mythical aura to it, the kind that seems to surround the works of all artists who died long before their time.
This is all he wrote–this is all we have. And with February This was a difficult one to review objectively. And with that realization, there’s almost a need to elevate the work, no matter the quality, to greatness. You want to join the cult.
I know I do. Thing is, Breece D’J Pancake deserves all that. He deserves the accolades, he deserves the praise, and he certainly deserves to be read. Mind you, these stories breeece polished; they’re rough around the edges, jagged in places. Breece Pancake wasn’t trying to be neat here. There is absolutely no pretension: Pancake’s stories are honest–brutally so, at times–and he does not embellish.
It’s as if he is familiar with the people and places of his stories and he is, you’ll learn–he really isand, perhaps most importantly, he respects them, too. It is difficult to separate Pancake’s stories from Pancake’s life and deathand it’s almost painful to imagine what other stories he would have given us if he had lived longer. But there’s no use crying over such an old loss. He left us these twelve breeec we should read them.
American Myth: The Short, Beautiful Life of Breece D’J Pancake
View all 4 comments. There is nothing uplifting about these stories. Reading them had me feeling raw. But oh, the writing! It draws you in and you feel the same desolation, and breathe in the same air… Haunting, aching, sad. The pictures painted here will stay with you.
The crispness of the writing shows a depth of under A solid 3. There is so much promise contained in these pages. It seems that he was a troubled soul, and this is what we have of those thoughts. I have to admit that a few of the stories I simply did not understand at all.
The dialect threw me. But the ones which I did had a deep impact.
Not any easy read by any means, but worth the time. Many thanks to GR friend Ian, whose review piqued my interest in reading this book. Devo chiudere gli occhi nel Michigan, forse anche in Germania o in Cina, non lo bbreece ancora, cammino ma non ho paura.
Pancake attraversa le strade, con i camion e la ruggine, il vento secco e le miniere e abita le stanze, le fattorie e i paesaggi, con uomini e donne in una desolazione selvaggia, fatta di campi, monti, boschi, i bar, le roulotte e i porti, e poi scoiattoli, serpenti, volpi, vespe, cavalli, lupi, paludi, laghi, greece e famiglie; la sua voce convive con questi elementi dentro una tragedia immotivata, una pahcake compresente e infinita, breecf sua rumorosa angoscia.
I racconti di Trilobiti eleggono rabbia e disperazione a inconsapevoli fondamenti e ineludibili compagni e discendono i fiumi dei grandi narratori americani, Hemingway e Flannery O’Connor, consegnando ballate tristi e sconsolate, di aperta rinuncia al vivere, di inesorabile decadenza: Unici interlocutori, scomparsi e per sempre inaccessibili. Apr 08, Diane Barnes rated it really liked it.
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The writing was brilliant, and I have a sense that there was a part of Pancake in every one of these stories, he knows his people and his territory well. He committed suicide at the age of 26, and his depressive personality is on view in all of these stories. Not a one of them has anything in it of hope or escape from the bleak landscape that was his part of West Virginia.
Breece Pancake’s WV is clearly not the same place, and his characters are not people I would feel comfortable with at all. It’s really too pqncake that these 12 stories are all we’ll ever have of him; as I said, the writing was brilliant and a wicked sense of humor was on display in some of them.
The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake by Breece D’J Pancake
May 23, Bridget Hoida rated it it was amazing. Ever buy a book for the poem on the first, unnumbered, page because the poem is so spot on you can hardly stand it?
And you didn’t have a pen or a big enough scrap of paper or the time to kneel in the aisle of the store and scribble the first line and maybe perhaps the author? And although Professor Dane taught you well and with certainty how to lift a page from any book, including those in fancy temperature controlled archival rooms–like the Huntington and the Bancroft and the Getty–you resis Ever buy a book for the poem on the first, unnumbered, page because the poem is so spot on you can hardly stand it?
And although Professor Dane taught you well and with certainty how to lift a page from any book, including those in fancy temperature controlled archival rooms–like the Huntington and the Bancroft and the Getty–you resist and buy the whole damn thing, in hardcover, even though you are fairly sure no one is watching, and even if they were with some spit and a string you could lift it anyhow. So you buy it outright and tote it through the city. Even though your walk is long and the Santa Anas are blowing hot and your bag is already bursting with books you haven’t yet read, and are supposed to, and most likely will not get to.
You buy it and forget about it. You buy it and shelve it with the others. And then one day, when the very same winds are blowing hot and nasty you recall the poem and search out the book only the poem isn’t in there anymore.
Someone tore it out. Without style or skill. So you flip through the book hoping it’s folded in half and tucked neatly inside and that’s when the words start and draw you in and you realize the poem was a piece of crap written by a two bit hack, but this book Apr 18, Kirk Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: My Thanks must go first to Melanie for suggesting this amazing book. Thank you for sharing this! The image of a fox on the cover was very misleading as I might have expected peaceful nature stories.
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A poor assumption, these stories are dark, violent, challenging, hopeful, tragic and just so damned good that I can’t explain except to say breexe stories satisfy absolutely.
There is buzzing energy as you hold the book, hot young blood pulses through it, its Shit- Grit- and Mother Wit. I don’t kno My Thanks must go first to Melanie for suggesting this amazing book. I don’t know what it is but in my hand it is some of the most powerful writing I have come across. The forward itself is wonderful and helps one see how important Breece’s legacy is. He captures so much from the decade it was from and of his West Virginia pancakf.
The stories are so finely crafted, edited to perfection, bristling with sensations. I can not say enough about how he concludes his stories with just enough wiggle room that readers can twist it in their own way.
One of his friends, John Casey says that in his writing there is “a bending of violence into gentleness. I like to think that the raw and savage power in these stories came from Breece Pancake’s desire to consume himself by attacking life with such passion and ferocity that he could not survive. Enough for him to know to leave these perfect stories.