Mr Bones (Pdf kindle) by Paul Theroux



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  1. says:

    The first thing you should know is that many of these stories have already been published in The New Yorker the Atlantic and other esteemed magazine The second thing is that they’re good – deceptively simple powerful and in the end unsettlingTake the eponymous story Mr Bones for example On the surface it’s about a cowered husband and father – a shoe salesman – who has become nearly invisible to those around him He puts on a mask

  2. says:

    A very enjoyable collection of short stories about broken people The characters range from mentally ill to filled with vengeance to spineless individuals who can't fight for their own lives Unless you're into this kind of literature you'll probably be very annoyed no story in here has a positive outcome or even implies positive th

  3. says:

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads GiveawayI barely got halfway through this book before I put it down and just couldn't make myself pick it up again The characters in each of the stories I read were nasty without a shred of relatable humanity to be found The story lines while imaginative were entirely perpetr

  4. says:

    Mr Bones by Paul Theroux is a very highly recommended wonderfully descriptive collection of twenty short stories There should be a story that will appeal to almost everyone in these masterfully well written stories many of which take common place occurrences and put a twist on themThe collection includesMinor Watt A wealthy man destroys his priceless treasure simply because he can Mr Bones A mild mannered fat

  5. says:

    Theroux is a gifted writer; this is my first time reading him and it's great to discover a new author He is capable of creating complex character and inspiring a range of emotions in the reader This is hard enough to do when writing a novel much less short stories; no word is wasted and nothing is overwroughtheavy handed

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    Something gets lost here between the idea and the execution Every story begins with a provocative concept include several insightful paragraphs and observations only to bog down in unnecessary description and explication They lack any sense of tension and release; I've never seen insanity and depravity look so casual and boring May

  7. says:

    Mr Bones Paul Theroux’s hand is deft and at times brilliant in this collection of stories I particularly like his brief fiction that is a page or two In the volume are one or two stinkers in the twenty stories but when he is good oh my he is good Of course he is the finest travel writer we have had in the English language He uses various locales to his advantage particularly Bangkok and Maine Theroux is a treasure

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    This is my first foray into Theroux's shorter works Until now I've been immersed in his travel writing and novels So this was certainly different A strange amalgam of stories about relationships and sex Mainly written about foreigners and expatriates in Eastern Asia The longer pieces I found really engaging There was also a handfu

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    Theroux Paul Mr Bones Twenty Stories Houghton Mifflin Harcourt New York 2014 359pp27“Art is swindle” counseled the German refugee teacher and painter Josef Albers whose book “Interaction of Color” has become a classic though in practice at Black Mountain and later at Yale Albers rarely strayed from a deliberate approach to his work stripping away decoration illustration and yes even expression from his painting w

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    That Theroux is known to be a travel writer is evident from the tropical settings for these tales However what is most interesting is his appr

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Ges an all consuming war on the raccoons living in the woods around their house A young artist devotes himself to a wealthy malicious gossip knowing that it’s just a matter of time before she turns on himIn this new collection of short stories acclaimed author Paul Theroux explores the tenuous leadership of the elite and the surprising revenge of the overlook. Mr Bones by Paul Theroux is a very highly recommended wonderfully descriptive collection of twenty short stories There should be a story that will appeal to almost everyone in these masterfully well written stories many of which take common place occurrences and put a twist on themThe collection includesMinor Watt A wealthy man destroys his priceless treasure simply because he can Mr Bones A mild mannered father has a drastic and startling personality changeOur Raccoon Year A plague of raccoons changes a family s already fluid dynamicsMrs Everest A painter meets a gallery owner who courts his company even though she doesn t like his work Another Necklace An author has a secret Incident in the Oriente An overseas contractor wields his influence over those he employs Rip It Up Anxious pimply fourteen year olds devise a plan to extract retribution on their bullies Siamese Nights A man is assigned to work in Bangkok where he keeps a pictorial diary of drawings and meets someone special Nowadays the Dead Don t Die A man in the bush is asked to take a man with no family to the hospital When the ill man dies on the way he is unceremoniously buried but then things begin to go wrong Autostop Summer A writer visits Italy and recalls a trip there many years ago Voices of Love This is a collection of short vignettes first person flash fiction of unfaithful peopleThe Furies A man marries a much younger woman and his past begins to catch up with him Rangers Scam artists hook up and hit the road Action A young man runs an errand for his father who is very protective of him Long Story Short Another collection of short first person flash fiction stories that feature young men coming of ageNeighbor Islands A Hawaiian police officer catches his wife in a compromising position and then the incident is looked at from several viewpoints The Traveler s Wife A travel writer s wife starts expressing her opinions The First World A wealthy man retires to Nantucket where he wishes to build his dream house Heartache An elderly writer dies in the deep South I m the Meat You re the Knife A man who is back in his home town for his father s funeral visits his old English teacher who is dying Disclosure My Kindle edition was courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via Netgalley for review purposes Hannah Has Two Mommies the raccoons living in Child Support the woods around 777 the Lost Blood their house A young artist devotes himself Know My Name to a wealthy malicious gossip knowing Abandoned Alice that it’s just a matter of Map My Heart time before she Scandal turns on himIn The Fashion Condition this new collection of short stories acclaimed author Paul Theroux explores Embellish Me the The Snakehead tenuous leadership of Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light the elite and The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, the surprising revenge of Truly Wilde the overlook. 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Ed He shows us humanity possessed consumed by its own desire and compulsion always with his carefully honed eye for detail and the subtle idiosyncrasies that bring his characters to life Searing dark and sure to unsettle Mr Bones is a stunning new display of Paul Theroux’s “fluent faintly sinister powers of vision and imagination” John Updike The New York. Theroux Paul Mr Bones Twenty Stories Houghton Mifflin Harcourt New York 2014 359pp27 Art is swindle counseled the German refugee teacher and painter Josef Albers whose book Interaction of Color has become a classic though in practice at Black Mountain and later at Yale Albers rarely strayed from a deliberate approach to his work stripping away decoration illustration and yes even expression from his painting winding up with blocks of color that produced surprising effects on viewers Paul Theroux s new book of collected stories most previously published in The New Yorker Harpers and The Atlantic leads off with an over heated little number called Minor Watt so named after the transgressive title character a spiteful old goat whose great wealth has led him not to treasure his collection sculpture modern oil painting ceramics etc but to destroy it in public piece by beautiful piece in a deft attempt to outrage and horrify the gallery world Art is not only swindle but hyper swindle He gets a taste for swindle when his ex wife Sonia drops by the penthouse to pick up a priceless Chinese vase part of the divorce settlement Minor lets it drop to the floor where it shatters into countless shards at the feet of his horrified ex wife Sorry Minor says softly After a series of bizarre episodes in which Minor conducts and creative acts of destruction Theroux writes ingenious in devising ways to destroy these works of art each one appropriate to the object his intention was to make the destruction as memorable as the object itself the memory of extinction If art is swindle Theroux seems to argue its destruction in public ought to be eually delicious by way of spectacleSadly for Minor Watt he s later caught up with Mara an out of work gallery clerk who is vaguely Asiatic and winds up first tantalizing Minor and then outright humiliating him with a Burmese dah dagger sending him naked into the city streets streaming blood from a neck wound The art world stands front and center in another Theroux story Mrs Everest the title character of which is a gallery grand dam whose frosty opinions and hard to scale esteem mark her as a taste maker and reputation breaker The narrator by contrast is a painter praised for his impartial realism but not by Mrs Everest who regards his portraits and landscapes as so self explanatory as to be banal More to Mrs Everest s taste is a work by the artist Felix Gonzales Torres which Theroux describes as 175 pounds of wrapped candy heaped against a wall In Theroux s telling it takes a number of years for the narrator to break away from the clutch of syncophant moths fluttering around Mrs Everest s flame Taken together Minor Watt and Mrs Everest can be taken only peripherally as stories about the art world rather they reflect the now dominant influence of great wealth in American society and how money deflects and dampens originality and freedom of thought not to mention the lamentable effect of highfalutin criticism on artists and writers self esteemPaul Theroux is a very famous writer whose fifteen works of highly sportive and keenly observed travel books are almost all classics In his travels Theroux takes the dim view of human nature one that allows him to navigate through some pretty distasteful even dangerous places ever ready for the next disappointment or surprise He seems a man who in real life doesn t mind riding the twin rails of whimsy and fear watching them ever converge at a horizon just over there A book like Dark Star Safari or The Last Train to Zona Verde will scare the pants off any reader yet feel at the same time like a dose of pure oxygen The thirty works of fiction are less consistent sanguine and contain a number of outright embarrassments though just as often real gems and a classic here and there eg My Other Life My Secret History and Saint Jack Twenty Stories is much the same an uneven collection featuring many transgressive males behaving rather badlyIn the title story for example a youthful narrator contemplates his dead father from a distance of ten years He recalls his father as a distant and incomprehensible man a jovial fellow without ualities wit or smarts under the thumb of a dominant wife And then one day the singing group he enjoys decides to put on a minstrel show Over a short period of time Dad transforms himself into Mr Bones telling lustful and other off color jokes around the house singing minstrel tunes turning himself out in Black Face at every opportunity even adopting the pose of Mr Interlocutor at times The family in part distressed and in part mystified can do nothing while Dad becomes cruel and manic before their eyes Show over Dad reverts to the meek shoe salesman he once was Eually in Our Raccoon Year another hapless Dad is plagued by raccoons who eat the garden infest the attic and roam at will through the house at night Trapping first then poisoning then outright bludgeoning the raccoons becomes Dad s raison d etre to the extent that he loses his reason In Another Necklace a writer on tour receives threatening text messages which lead him to disaster or in Siamese Nights an American contract worker in Thailand falls in love with a transvestite who holds him in thrall to the point of suffocation or in The Furies a middle aged dentist jettisons his portly first wife to marry a comely assistant only to find disaster in a bevy of harpies at a high school reunion In Rip it Up a threesome of unhappy nerd teenagers discover in bomb making both their psychological revenge on bullies and their undoingStylistically Theroux s short fiction is plagued by serial commas run on adjectives and strange syntax But he knew she was a lady boy cute rather small pigtails a miniskirt knee socks Sometimes Theroux writes puzzling sentences That night the Wednesday Osier went to Siamese Nights And of course Theroux utilizes the infamous sentence fragment as well His transgressive males impending disasters full of violent threat and menace as well ambiguous sexuality plaguing both genders all remind one of short stories by WW Jacobs Saki OHenry and even Guy de Maupassant And in most of Theroux s stories the leitmotif of revenge lurks In I m the Meat You re the Knife a man takes an insidious Sheherazade like revenge on a dying high school teacher who d abused him years before Twenty Stories is an uneven collection at best But one must give Theroux his due He holds to his vision revealing to his readers a deep commitment to dark truths held close to the vest then let out in the world to flutter in the dark like cave bats The Town That Food Saved the subtle idiosyncrasies The Year of Cozy that bring his characters The Gut Balance Revolution to life Searing dark and sure Dark Viking (Viking II, to unsettle Mr Bones is a stunning new display of Paul Theroux’s “fluent faintly sinister powers of vision and imagination” John Updike The New York. Theroux Paul Mr Bones Twenty Stories Houghton Mifflin Harcourt New York 2014 359pp27 Art is swindle counseled Broken the German refugee Fearless Queen Part 2 teacher and painter Josef Albers whose book Interaction of Color has become a classic Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard, though in practice at Black Mountain and later at Yale Albers rarely strayed from a deliberate approach Bad Romance to his work stripping away decoration illustration and yes even expression from his painting winding up with blocks of color The Mistake that produced surprising effects on viewers Paul Theroux s new book of collected stories most previously published in The New Yorker Harpers and The Atlantic leads off with an over heated little number called Minor Watt so named after The Man Who Saw Everything the Penguins Poems for Life transgressive The Armourers House title character a spiteful old goat whose great wealth has led him not Stage Coach (Saddle Club, to Art as Music, Music as Poetry, Poetry as Art, from Whistler to Stravinsky and Beyond treasure his collection sculpture modern oil painting ceramics etc but Ask the Past to destroy it in public piece by beautiful piece in a deft attempt Using Natural Finishes to outrage and horrify Anatomy of Violence the gallery world Art is not only swindle but hyper swindle He gets a La grande casa taste for swindle when his ex wife Sonia drops by Achieving Work-Life Balance the penthouse Fearless Warriors to pick up a priceless Chinese vase part of 21 Great Ways to Manage your Time and Double your Productivity the divorce settlement Minor lets it drop The Tea House on Mulberry Street to Glue Sniffing & Out of Body Experiences the floor where it shatters into countless shards at The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain the feet of his horrified ex wife Sorry Minor says softly After a series of bizarre episodes in which Minor conducts and creative acts of destruction Theroux writes ingenious in devising ways Blood Heir (Blood 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Road to Lichfield title character of which is a gallery grand dam whose frosty opinions and hard Tales of Ancient Egypt to scale esteem mark her as a Tales of Ancient Egypt taste maker and reputation breaker The narrator by contrast is a painter praised for his impartial realism but not by Mrs Everest who regards his portraits and landscapes as so self explanatory as The Perfect Murder (Inspector Ghote, to be banal More Lislam Et Le Réveil Arabe to Mrs Everest s The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English taste is a work by The White Guns the artist Felix Gonzales Torres which Theroux describes as 175 pounds of wrapped candy heaped against a wall In Theroux s The Book of Football Quotations telling it Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove, takes a number of years for The Road Back Home the narrator The TV Time Travellers to break away from The Prester Quest the clutch of syncophant moths fluttering around Mrs Everest s flame Taken The God Squad together Minor 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characters ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¸ Paul Theroux

A dark and bitingly humorous collection of short stories from the “brilliantly evocative” Time Paul Theroux A family watches in horror as their patriarch transforms into the singing wise cracking lead of an old timey minstrel show A renowned art collector relishes publicly destroying his most valuable pieces Two boys stand by helplessly as their father sta. A very enjoyable collection of short stories about broken people The characters range from mentally ill to filled with vengeance to spineless individuals who can t fight for their own lives Unless you re into this kind of literature you ll probably be very annoyed no story in here has a positive outcome or even implies positive things about humanity