Effects Of Knut HaMSun On A Fresno Boy: Recollections and Short Essays

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Effects Of Knut HaMSun On A Fresno Boy: Recollections and Short Essays

by Gary Soto

Persea Books | February 1, 2001 | Trade Paperback

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These small essays are not unlike the portraits of Dutch paintings of the sixteenth century. They are clear and precisely rendered, and are either thematically domestic scenes or pedestrian in their observations of the ordinary. There is a delirious joy in Soto''s writings, and heartbreak. This collection features his much-lauded essays "The Jacket" and "Like Mexicans", along with new essays such as "Childhood Worries, or Why I Became a Writer", "Getting It Done", and the title essay in which Soto fashions himself to be Fresno''s own Knut Hamsun, the Norwegian writer of the 1920s who lived on nothing more than his five senses.

Poet and critic Christopher Buckley said of his poetry",[Soto has] mastered his form, has found his voice, and has the life experiences to provide meaningful content". He could have been speaking of his prose as well. Soto is at home with the essay; he is able to paint moments that would otherwise seem dull and not worthy of comment. He picks up hitchhikers, sorts through the mystery of finding a wife, and pulls together his wits to solve the hunger of stray dogs. He is tender and outrageous; he is reflective on worldly matters and cagey with his family and friends. In all, his dazzling effects of language will keep the reader continually surprised.

These portraits are set in his hometown, Fresno, and in his current residence, the San Francisco Bay area. They therefore mark his time and place, but honor the instincts of the master Knut Hamsun, who walked around his town, a spectacle of wonder.

This volume includes forty-eight pieces: all of the personal narratives formerly collected in Small Faces, the best of Lesser Evils -- both volumes long out-of-print --as well as five new essays.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 8.92 × 6.98 × 0.63 in

Published: February 1, 2001

Publisher: Persea Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0892552549

ISBN - 13: 9780892552542

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Effects Of Knut HaMSun On A Fresno Boy: Recollections and Short Essays

by Gary Soto

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 8.92 × 6.98 × 0.63 in

Published: February 1, 2001

Publisher: Persea Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0892552549

ISBN - 13: 9780892552542

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These small essays are not unlike the portraits of Dutch paintings of the sixteenth century. They are clear and precisely rendered, and are either thematically domestic scenes or pedestrian in their observations of the ordinary. There is a delirious joy in Soto''s writings, and heartbreak. This collection features his much-lauded essays "The Jacket" and "Like Mexicans", along with new essays such as "Childhood Worries, or Why I Became a Writer", "Getting It Done", and the title essay in which Soto fashions himself to be Fresno''s own Knut Hamsun, the Norwegian writer of the 1920s who lived on nothing more than his five senses.

Poet and critic Christopher Buckley said of his poetry",[Soto has] mastered his form, has found his voice, and has the life experiences to provide meaningful content". He could have been speaking of his prose as well. Soto is at home with the essay; he is able to paint moments that would otherwise seem dull and not worthy of comment. He picks up hitchhikers, sorts through the mystery of finding a wife, and pulls together his wits to solve the hunger of stray dogs. He is tender and outrageous; he is reflective on worldly matters and cagey with his family and friends. In all, his dazzling effects of language will keep the reader continually surprised.

These portraits are set in his hometown, Fresno, and in his current residence, the San Francisco Bay area. They therefore mark his time and place, but honor the instincts of the master Knut Hamsun, who walked around his town, a spectacle of wonder.

This volume includes forty-eight pieces: all of the personal narratives formerly collected in Small Faces, the best of Lesser Evils -- both volumes long out-of-print --as well as five new essays.

About the Author

Gary Soto was born April 12, 1952, and raised in Fresno California. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended Fresno City College, graduating in 1974 with an English degree. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including The Nation, Plouqhshares, The Iowa Review, Ontario Review and Poetry, which has honored him with the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Award and by featuring him in Poets in Person. He is one of the youngest poets to appear in The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. Soto has received the Discovery-The Nation Prize, the U.S. Award of the International Poetry Forum, The California Library Association's John and Patricia Beatty Award twice, a Recogniton of Merit from the Claremont Graduate School for Baseball in April, the Silver Medal from The Commonwealth Club of California, and the Tomás Rivera Prize, in addition to fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts twice, and the California Arts Council. For ITVS, he produced the film The Pool Party, which received the 1993 Andrew Carnegie Medal. Soto wrote the libretto for an opera titled Nerd-landia for the The Los Angeles Opera. In 1999 he received the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Author-Illustrator Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association, and the PEN Center West Book Award for Petty Crimes. He serves as Young People's Ambassador for the California Rural Legal Assistance and the United Farm Workers of A
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