Samuel Johnson Is Indignant: Stories

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Picador, Sep 1, 2002 - Fiction - 224 pages
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From one of our most imaginative and inventive writers, a crystalline collection of perfectly modulated, sometimes harrowing and often hilarious investigations into the multifaceted ways in which human beings perceive each other and themselves. A couple suspects their friends think them boring; a woman resolves to see herself as nothing but then concludes she's set too high a goal; and a funeral home receives a letter rebuking it for linguistic errors. Lydia Davis once again proves in the words of the Los Angeles Times "one of the quiet giants in the world of American fiction."


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User Review  - ncnsstnt - LibraryThing

If you are only going to read one of Lydia Davis' story collections, this would be the one to read. It contains my favorite Davis story, "The Old Dictionary". Here's a hint, though. Do not read her ... Read full review

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User Review  - amydross - LibraryThing

I'm not sure what to make of this book. I got it because I wanted something that undermined our expectations of what fiction is -- something strange and unexpected and maybe a little mind blowing ... Read full review


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Lydia Davis is the author of the story collections Almost No Memory (Picador, 2001) and Break it Down, and the novel The End of the Story. She has won the Guggenheim, the Lannan Foundation Award, the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Award and a Chevalier from the French government.

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