Later the Same Day

Later the Same Day In the short stories collected here Paley writes with verbal economy and resonance pithy insights and warmth and humor The themes are familiar friendship commitment responsibility love polit

  • Title: Later the Same Day
  • Author: Grace Paley
  • ISBN: 9780374184094
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the 17 short stories collected here, Paley writes with verbal economy and resonance, pithy insights, and warmth and humor The themes are familiar friendship, commitment, responsibility, love, political idealism and activism, children, the nuclear shadow.

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    1. A few hot human truthful words are powerful enough… Reading Paley's collection is like having a conversation with someone who gets to the point in a few words, and I can appreciate a woman of necessary words. It's not too often that you come across a short story collection and you're immediately stunned by the singularity of voice and style. I had to comb through some of these stories again, wondering what it was that made me feel as though I could hear the characters' voices somewhere other t [...]

    2. We can be responsible“La gente vuole veramente essere giovane e bella. Quando si incontrano per strada, maschi o femmine, se stanno invecchiando si guardano un po' vergognosi. E' chiaro che vorrebbero dire, Scusami, non intendevo attirare l'attenzione su mortalità e gravità contemporaneamente. Non volevo ricordarti, mio caro amico, il prossimo sfratto che subiremo, prima dalla vitalità, poi dalla vita. Al che, il più delle volte, gli occhi dell'amico cortesemente replicheranno, Mio caro, n [...]

    3. L'arte è lunga e la vita è breveGrace Paley racconta la vita quotidiana che le scorre intorno, a New York. La narrazione è fluente e trascina con sé pensieri a ruota libera e conversazioni non virgolettate. I suoi personaggi sono le altre giovani madri incontrate ai giardini, figli, mariti, la gente dei gruppi pacifisti che frequentò a lungo da attivista convinta e poi le solite persone durante il trascorrere degli anni, che assistono, commentano, sostengono. Il suo sguardo sul mondo è rea [...]

    4. This was the book in which I met Grace Paley first in real time. That is, I first read parts of this book, in the same time it was actually written. But now all of her short story books are in the equally distant past. It is years later. Later the Same Day was first published in 1985 when I was a fulltime peace activist. Grace Paley was also a peace activist but she took out time to write. Many of these short stories are four pages or less in length. At slightly more than two hundred pages, it i [...]

    5. Oink OinkRacconti molto disuguali, accomunati da una finezza di scrittura raramente incontrata.Elittica, elitaria, estetaGrace Paley non usa trucchi, immerge nel flusso del racconto, poco importa se salta frammenti di convesazione per buttarci nel finale, sorpresi; frammenta, taglia, non avverte il lettore, non prepara storie ad effetto. Scrive, sembra, come vive, in affanno tra molti impegni.Ma sa fermarsi, quell'attimo, e dimenticare di essere Grace Paley, militante, impegnata, madre soprattut [...]

    6. How have I lived in this world and not known about the writing of this woman??? This book is a collection of short fiction. A core of female characters appears and reappears in several of them. Though they’re more of my mother’s generation than mine, I’m sure I’ve been on picket lines with all of them. Their activism, however, is not the point of the stories - it’s just part of the air they breathe. The stories are about life, love, relationships, aging, betrayal, loyalty. Paley gives [...]

    7. "Hindsight, usually looked down upon, is probably as valuable as foresight, since it does include a few facts."Grace Paley's third and final collection of short stories is an astounding third act. It's comic in the highest sense, taking the world in affectionately, returning to characters from earlier collections, moving seamlessly through a complicated life to find warmth.The opening story, "Love," could act as a thesis for Paley's whole work in short fiction. In a few sparse pages, she reaches [...]

    8. Enigmatic stories, not light but containing lightness. Very funny. A sympathetic humor. The short ones are very strange. Off-kilter occurences following their own logic, sometimes reminds me of Jane Bowle's stories, but with broader concerns. Politics is in there a lot, the stories are more about the ways people deal with politics in their own lives, rather than trying to make any political points. I like her voice a lot, and she has recurring characters. Faith and her friends Ruth and Ann and S [...]

    9. “He had often thought of the way wide air lives and moves in a man’s chest. Then it’s strummed into shape by the short-stringed voice box to become a wonderful secondary sexual characteristic” (12).“That’s because I was once a pure-thinking English major—but alas, I was forced by bad management, the thoughtless begetting of children, and the vengeance of alimony into low practicality” (14).“…she listens like a disease. She’s a natural editor. It goes in her ear one day. In [...]

    10. This is a small book of poignant short stories populated with independent strong women and their relationships. Her writing style is precise. She uses few words in a clever and effective way. She does not use conventional punctuation, which drove me crazy at first, but once I caught on to her style I found it fitting. Her characters are uniquely believable, the dialogues wonderful, and the subjects addressed important.She is disdainfully humorous and there are some great one liners. Here is a qu [...]

    11. one of my all-time favorites, and a major, major reason that i started trying to write stories. i pulled this out yesterday after hearing that she had moved on, stayed up late with her casual scenes in which the desire to end war coexists in these characters' lush, raucous hearts with the desire to take care of children or to be happy in love. nobody did it like she did--wrapped these drives all together in human lives, heard people's magnificently individual voices. i miss her so much.

    12. Grace Paley knows how to write sentences that give you fucking goosebumps."It's hard to stand behind a people and culture in revolutionary transition when you are constantly worried about their irreplaceable and breakable artifacts." "The head communard, a bourgeois leftover, says, Oh, what can ail thee, pail individualist?""Well, Jack, it was organized to discontinue the English language as a useful way to communicate exact facts."

    13. "I am trying to curb my cultivated individualism, which seemed for years so sweet. It was my own song in my own world and, of course, it may not be useful in the hard time to come."Highlights: In the Garden; Somewhere Else; Friends; Anxiety; In This Country, But in Another Language, My Aunt Refuses to Marry the Men Everyone Wants Her To; Mother; The Story Hearer; Zagrowsky Tells.

    14. If I had discovered Grace Paley before she died, I might have stalked her around her neighborhood in nyc to ask her for just a moment of her time. I love her writing. Not all of the stories in this collection are great, but there are enough good ones to make me lose all objectivity.

    15. The only reason I didn’t give up on this collection halfway through the first tale is because I had to do a joint presentation on the author as part of my MA degree.Checking other reviews, I see I’m of a minority who can’t stand these type of stories. I did expect to like this collection more than the author’s previous two books of shorts – neither of which impressed me – but turned out that this one was the worst of the three.On the whole I was either bored, irritated, or both. I sk [...]

    16. paley serves up her usual—i mean this as praise, because grace paley is excellent at her usual. what i find so impressive is how so many or maybe all of her stories have one or more show-stopping one-liners, sometimes show-stopping short paragraphs, in them, but they do not actually stop the show; instead they're a natural path in the story, and they fit, and you keep reading. it reminds me of how a day or two ago my mom was complaining to me about this book, this very acclaimed book she was r [...]

    17. Thoroughly enjoyed her stories. They center on ordinary Jewish people of all ages. The stories and the characters felt real. Looking forward to reading more of her stories

    18. Later the Same Day does what Paley does best. It's beautiful stories crafted around strong, independent women who don't take crap from anyone. Or if they do, they have reasons for it. Paley is a master at creating different kinds of narrations. In Gloomy Tunes she creates a collective narration of old women hanging out their windows, looking down on the world through blowing laundry. And yet she creates this very rounded and exact world with the most minimalist language. If you can learn anythin [...]

    19. Grace Paley writes about great pain and huge questions in the small, almost claustrophobic world of women and children in a patriarchal and capitalistic culture. Even though I was a young wife and mother in a completely different decade and era, from a different culture, Grace's writing tells stories I recognize intimately. She's brutally honest, which allows her to be brutally poignant. Relationships between women and older parents, omen and partners, and women and children (both young and grow [...]

    20. I know I should really have liked this book more than I did. I love her stories that were read on the New Yorker fiction podcast, but I don't have the attention span or energy to read this kind of book right now, I think. Skimmed a lot so take with grain of salt.

    21. Liked these short stories of Grace Paley's very much. True to life, wise and very much of the moment of when she wrote them. Lack of punctuation makes sorting the voices a little difficult but one catches on. Overall, I'd recommend them.

    22. grace paley is just a glorious writer. her dialogue just jumps off the page, does an awkward little dance [though a dance we have all seen, and most have done:], and comes to life. sometimes it wears a top hat and sometimes galoshes. sometimes at the same time.

    23. beautifully precise stories. and this: "Now, what did we learn in that year of my Friday afternoons off? The following: Though the world cannot be changed by talking to one child at a time, it may at least be known."

    24. i heart grace paley. there is the reason why she's the patron saint of modern short stories. i want to write like her, but am worried about copyright infringement and a soul-sucking lawsuit. she is my god.

    25. I may have forgotten just how good Grace Paley can be. This accompanied me everywhere until I finished it much too soon. A few lesser stories in there, for me, but most sparkle brilliantly. To be read and re-read.

    26. I love this collection of short tales. There isn't much Grace Paley didn't explore in the form of story. This book is a keeper to revisit often. Her feminist views are in the tales without being preachy. LOVE this book.

    27. One of the most accomplished and most surprising short story writers of all time. A classic. Anyone who wants to know how to write dialogue should read Grace Paley.

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