Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine

Fine Fine Fine Fine Fine One of Elle s Must Read Titles for Your Book Club Chosen by The Millions and Flavorwire as one of the most anticipated books of The very short stories of Diane Williams have been aptly called fol

  • Title: Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine
  • Author: Diane Williams
  • ISBN: 9781940450841
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of Elle s Must Read Titles for Your Book Club Chosen by The Millions and Flavorwire as one of the most anticipated books of 2016.The very short stories of Diane Williams have been aptly called folk tales that hammer like a nail gun, and these 40 new ones are sharper than ever They are unsettling, yes, frequently revelatory, and often than not downright funnyOne of Elle s Must Read Titles for Your Book Club Chosen by The Millions and Flavorwire as one of the most anticipated books of 2016.The very short stories of Diane Williams have been aptly called folk tales that hammer like a nail gun, and these 40 new ones are sharper than ever They are unsettling, yes, frequently revelatory, and often than not downright funny.Not a single moment here is what you might expect While there is immense pleasure to be found in Williams s spot on observations about how we behave in our highest and lowest moments, the heart of the drama beats in the language of American short fiction s grand master, whose originality, precision, and power bring the familiar into startling and enchanted relief.

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    1. “I don’t like you very much and I don’t think you’re fascinating.” Dnf-ed at 21%. The above quote was probably the most interesting sentence I've come across until I gave up. How ironic.Short short stories, or rather flash fiction, so full of themselves without making any sense. Mostly vague-ish prose, not coming to the point, just meh.Apprently I am easily swayed by a catchy title and/or eye-catching cover art. Cause that coverpure art. Collage from the 1960's with gouache overpaintin [...]

    2. It's not fine. It's not fine at all. It's flash fiction with no substance and an excess of style. Around page thirty I wanted it to stop, but I finished for two reasons:1. So it would go toward my book goal. 2. So I could say it was terrible with full authority.It's terrible. Turgid with unnecessarily elevated language. Lifeless characters moving through scenes without purpose or emotion. Page after page of empty cleverness. I think the unnamed husband in "To Revive a Person is No Slight Thing" [...]

    3. Wanted to love this as much as I loved the cover, which made me buy it. Ha. Alas these were too vague for me and I think I'll remember a feeling of this book rather than the stories which all merge in to one vague mess bar two which were brilliant. On the plus side I've learnt flash fiction is perfect commute reading, just not such vague and seemingly pointless flash fiction sadly. Ouch. Sorry but true. Some people will loooooove this, just not me I need more concentrated substance however brief [...]

    4. Equally thrilling and frustrating. Williams tiny stories aren't really stories even though there are some brilliant sentences throughout (often right next to sentences that just die in your brain). Williams best work can be found in her earlier books (The Stupefaction!) and in her wonderful literary journal, Noon. I'm really glad that she's being rediscovered by some new fans the last couple of years, but they should know that these last two books are her weakest collections. From the story, Gli [...]

    5. I’m sick, not fevered, but stuffed and runny. Weak and unable to rest because it was my daughter’s birthday, the normal narrative of my life today is skewed a bit to the side and everything looks, feels, smells, tastes and sounds different. There’s no beginning, middle and ending when you’re ill, just a continuous buzz. It’s sort of like my Kindle as compared to a physical book. Having read all the books in the house, I returned to the Kindle and scrolled the long list of books in my [...]

    6. A book which was already on my literary radar, but which I ultimately read due to its inclusion on the shortlist of the wonderful new crowd-funded Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses, indeed I won the copy I read in a prize-draw for those funding the prize.The prize focuses on ‘hardcore literary fiction and gorgeous prose’ and I think it is fair to say Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine does that: certainly it is for the ‘hardcore’ reader.The 115 page book consists of 40 very sho [...]

    7. "Diane Williams is one of the true living heroes of the American avant-garde. Herfiction makes very familiar things very, very weird."- Jonathan Franzen"The uncanny has met its ideal delivery system: the stories of Diane Williams."- Ben MarcusTo see Diane Williams championed by Jonathan Franzen and Ben Marcus is a testament to her unique position in American literature. The phenomenally successful Jonathan Franzen and the relatively obscure Ben Marcus re-affirmed their own positions in American [...]

    8. I re-read this one or two stories at a time with longish gaps between. I thought it might make more sense that way. It did. But I am not inclined to give it any more stars.--------–------------From The Guardian: "Williams's exquisitely deadpan method can result in a story that evidently means something devastating but is so obliquely sketched that the moral is left tantalisingly out of reach. Or it can produce something that just seems hermetic and odd. The experience of reading 40 of them in [...]

    9. The epigraph of Diane Williams' new collection of funny and alarming stories, "Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine," comes from a pamphlet called "What You Should Know About Fortune-Telling," written in the 1920s by Jewish-American polymath Leo Markun. One of thousands of Little Blue Book pocket guides for the working class, the pamphlet ultimately warns its readers against fortune-telling as "charlatanry and fraud," but Williams finds the glint of strangeness in this sobering piece of pedantry: "How l [...]

    10. A collection of flash fiction stories, stories that sometimes last only a few seconds, the flip of a page. First off, what a great title. I think the title really tells readers everything we need to know about the collection of stories before we even crack the spine (or open the book carefully in order not to crack the spineor just tap the screen of our ereader because we’ve been lucky enough to get an advanced reader copy). Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine. There is a rushed energy that I get eve [...]

    11. If one were to take psychotropic drugs while playing madlibs in the dark and then translated all of that resulted into another language and then retranslated that back into English, this is the puzzlingly unfunny, non-revelatory outcome.

    12. I didn't see the appeal. I would have liked more meat, most of these seemed to be a collection of random sentences. I don't know. I felt dim after I read them, because I didn't understand any. And after a week, I can't remember a single one.

    13. I won this book as a raffle prize for my part in funding the fantastic new literary prize "The Republic of Consciousness" /topic/show/The shortlist for the award consisted of four novels and four short stories. My own preference is very much for novels over short stories, but this prize has given me the opportunity to engage with an unfamiliar genre.Williams unique style is described on the book's front cover as "very short stories": many are only a page in length, and even within that span typi [...]

    14. Trying to rate these stories according to normal literary standards would be beside the point. Things happen, but it's hard to say, or even know, what. There are persons, with names, but no character development. It's hard to say, upon finishing a story, whether it has fulfilled its promise, since it's hard to say what any of them are setting out to do in the first place.I could then try to rate this book according to my enjoyment of it. But I don't want to. Much of the language is fun or funny [...]

    15. Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, by Diane Williams, is a collection of forty very short stories exploring such wide ranging themes as life, death, love, sex and associated, often fractious, relationships. There is a rough honesty to the thoughts and interactions in each snapshot – for a snapshot is all that can be offered in a tale that plays out in so few words. These are little moments of detail, vividly recalled with a point that is not always clear.The opacity adds to the sense that the reade [...]

    16. Flash literature is defined as brief, creative writing generally between 500 and 1500 words. Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine by Diane Williams certainly fits the definition. Having never read Williams, I was a bit taken aback when I started reading short stories that are truly shorteen one and four pages long. The first two that I read totally confused me and I thought, "What the Hell?" However, I persevered as a lover of words and literature would do and in the end was rewarded with vignettes into [...]

    17. Like a colored box of candies you shouldn't eat all at once but do, Diane Williams delights bite by bite, each comic story barely long enough for a sip of coffee to slip down and settle. It's as if she's found stale crusts of speech and buttered them together into sugary bricoloage.She had been lucky in love as she understood it.I must say that our behavior is continually under review and any one error alters our prestige, but there'll be none of that lifting up mine eyes unto the hills.We do we [...]

    18. Alternate title: Weird, Weird, Weird, Weird, WeirdThis is the first compilation of flash fiction I've read. I love the idea of brevity - just a page or two (or less) to craft an entire story, but this collection borders on nonsense. There are a few beautifully crafted sentences, but it's like they've been placed in a word search jumble. Example:Title: The PoetShe carves with a sharply scalloped steel blade, makes slices across the top of a long, broad loaf of yeasted bread for the dog who begs a [...]

    19. He opened the book, expecting to find blobs of ink falling over each other to take their respective places, and standing at attention, awaiting his praise.But then, a lawn mower is not the same as an ice-cream sundae.Makes no sense, right? Well, neither does this book.Skip, skip, skip, skip, skip.P.S. I'd love to give it negative stars, if I could.

    20. I'm being generous with the 3 stars but it's tricky to rate flash fiction. There's a lot of style here and some substance. There's some great writing. There's some flat writing (surprisingly). There is definitely some exciting experimentation with form. Super weird and strange and not sure it was for me.

    21. If you don't appreciate the avant garde, you'll hate this book. Seriously, it will read like she picked some sentences from other books at random and put them together. Most of these stories are only 2-3 pages, which makes them great for a quick brain reset when you've been tunnel-visioned on a bigger project for too long, or when you need a break from something emotionally draining.

    22. Okay, I admit I was drawn to this book by the Title and Cover! It's an interesting read, the stories are so short but there is substance in all of them.

    23. I didn't find these short stories to be "sharp", "unsettling", "revelatory", "downright funny", or even "fine".

    24. I am obsessed with sparse prose that packs a punch. Reading Diane Williams gave me the same gut reaction I got when reading Lydia Davis for the first time, and that was an experience of surprise and wonder. (Then it came as no surprise that Davis gave Williams a rave blurb on this book's jacket.)

    25. In Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine Diane Williams expresses a cutting perception of melancholia and isolation, with the best of the stories displaying fugues of modern-day suburbia, resembling small set-pieces of social/familial disarray. And while the quality is tumultuous to say the least, the stories that hit the mark are well worth the price of admission. Rhapsody Breeze: A musing on appearance, persuasion and irrevocable mistakes. In the first half of the story, a woman describes her salesman- [...]

    26. This is a concept I find so interesting - a book full of tiny, individual 1-2 page long stories, all unrelated to each other. Some of these are 5 star material, insightful, funny, emotionally rich with genius prose. Others are written in a way that I just didn't understand. 2 pages is not a lot of space to include details, but some were so sparse with them that I found it legitimately difficult to follow the action.All of these mini-stories had the vibe that they were coming from another time as [...]

    27. They don't come badder than me on , write it, reap it and wonder where in the living hell I came from, my journey through the forever, never days and how this particular book is ready, set, gogoI've read these tales in dime story collections and they don't write dime store collections anymoreexactly. God won't have anything to do with meSatan too - no room for me in PurgatoryNow you know who you are dealing with, yesYou now know it is forever daysThere are no mother's and father's.Chris Roberts

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