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Showing posts with label Eggers. Show all posts
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07 July, 2016

Dave Eggers, "After I Was Thrown in the River and Before I Drowned"

This first-person story is told from a dog's point of view. "Oh, I'm a fast dog. I'm fast-fast." His name is Steven. He was rescued from the river in which he was thrown at six-months old because he wouldn't fight. The story follows him through his doggy escapades, racing around and jumping over creeks with other dogs. Complains about the squirrels and their comments. After he's been dead for six days, he realizes that God is the sun. "The one big surprise is that as it turns out, God is the sun. It makes sense, if you think about it."

The story is included in Eggers' collection, How We are Hungry.

05 July, 2016

Dave Eggers, "She Waits, Seething, Blooming" and "Your Mother and I"

In "She Waits, Seething, Blooming," we see fourteen minutes during which a single mother frets, worries, and gets angry that her fifteen year old son has not returned home at 2:30 in the morning. In two pages, Eggers captures the roller coaster emotions of a mother. It's told in present tense and in a close third person point of view that feels as close as first person.

In "Your Mother and I," a father and child make cheese dip as he regales his child with the ways he and her mother made the world a better and more fair place. "Well, we have to take the credit, your mother and I, for reducing our dependence on oil and for beginning the Age of Wind and Sun." And on it goes, these parents have repaired all that's wrong. It's a fun read, wishful thinking and an interesting way to confer to youngsters all of your opinions about the state of the world. It's told in first person, present tense, and nine pages long.

Both stories are included in his collection, How Are We Hungry? published in 2005. Most of the stories appeared elsewhere prior.