Brief Encounters With Che Guevara: Stories by Ben FountainBrief Encounters With Che Guevara: Stories by Ben Fountain

Brief Encounters With Che Guevara: Stories

byBen Fountain

Paperback | April 10, 2007

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The well-meaning protagonists of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara are caught—to both disastrous and hilarious effect—in the maelstrom of political and social upheaval surrounding them. Ben Fountain’s prize-winning debut speaks to the intimate connection between the foreign, the familiar, and the inescapably human.

The well-meaning protagonists of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara are caught—to both disastrous and hilarious effect—in the maelstrom of political and social upheaval surrounding them. Ben Fountain's prize-winning debut speaks to the intimate connection between the foreign, the familiar, and the inescapably human.
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Title:Brief Encounters With Che Guevara: StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:April 10, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060885602

ISBN - 13:9780060885601

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant short story collection -- do not miss this! An avid reader who is also an avid bireer, I was attracted to this book shortly when it was released by its eye-catching (for a birder) cover on a display rack. I found out immediately it was a short story collection and read the first two pages after which I was mesmerized. I devoured the first story, standing by the display, and purchased the book eagerly looking forward to the next stories, each of which is unique in subject but uniform in narrative brilliance. I have since purchased and given away 30+ copies to medical students and athletes whom I mentor as well as literate friends from all walks of life and ages, almost every one of whom has been similarly captivated and spread the word. I think that reading to someone is one of the most loving things one can do and while visiting my former wife in LA last year (she holds a BFA and is a writer) I read the first story to her while she reclined on her hammock and i sat nearby in the sun on her veranda. Six times she asked me to re-read a paragraph because it was so perfectly written and even though I'd read the story several times already my voice broke several times on the last two pages for the beauty, poignancy and humanity therein. Better than Alice Munro's latest and excellent collection, this is the finest short story writing I have found in the past three years.
Date published: 2011-10-27

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“He imbues each narrative with an understanding of international politics and conflicts, and the sticky moral complexities involved.”