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Stephen Dixon's tales and novels have an unique, instantly recognizable sound and think –a bizarre combination of Franz Kafka and Frank Capra. Readers of his past paintings will locate in 14 Stories that very same wry, creative, knife-edged humor that has come to symbolize his designated kind. With an adroit use of language and a willing eye for the quirky, offbeat aspect of human nature, Dixon creates an international as considered via a fish-eye lens–slightly distorted and off-center, but recognizable and infrequently familiar.

14 Stories is an element comedy, half tragedy, half social remark and half spoof. yet such a lot of all it's a hugely pleasing sequence of all-too-plausible vignettes that exhibits off Stephen Dixon's striking expertise at its top.

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14 Stories

Stephen Dixon's tales and novels have an unique, instantly recognizable sound and think –a bizarre mix of Franz Kafka and Frank Capra. Readers of his past paintings will locate in 14 tales that very same wry, creative, knife-edged humor that has come to symbolize his detailed kind.

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Norton ordered him - God, they must have heard Norton ordering Rich Gonyar to go in there all over the prison - and Gonyar just refused him, point-blank. ' Norton screamed. He was as hysterical as a woman having a hot-flush. He had utterly blown his cool. His neck had turned a rich, dark red, and two veins stood out, throbbing, on his forehead. 'You can count on it, you ... you Frenchman! ' Gonyar silently held out his service pistol to Norton, butt first. He'd had enough. He was four hours overtime, going on five, and he'd just had enough.

Twenty days on the grain and drain train for Andy down there in solitary. It was his second jolt in solitary, and his dust-up with Norton was his first real black mark since he had joined our happy little family. I'll tell you a little bit about Shawshank's solitary while we're on the subject It's something of a throwback to those hardy pioneer days of the early-to-mid-1700s in Maine. those days no one wasted much time with such things as penalogy' and 'rehabilitation' and 'selective perception'.

Certainly he was crazy that night. I don't know what that private irrationality might have been, of course. But I do know that there were twenty-eight cons listening to Norton's little dust-up with Rich Gonyar that evening as the last of the light faded from a dull late winter sky, all of us hard-timers and long-line riders who had seen the administrators come and go, the hard-asses and the' candy-asses alike, and we all knew that Warden Samuel Norton had just passed what the engineers like to call 'the breaking strain'.

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