Edward P Jones, a prodigy of the short story, returns to the form that first won him praise in this new collection of stories, All Aunt Hagar s Children Here he turns an unflinching eye to the men, women, and children caught between the old ways of the South and the temptations that await them in the city, people who in Jones s masterful hands emerge as fully human and mEdward P Jones, a prodigy of the short story, returns to the form that first won him praise in this new collection of stories, All Aunt Hagar s Children Here he turns an unflinching eye to the men, women, and children caught between the old ways of the South and the temptations that await them in the city, people who in Jones s masterful hands emerge as fully human and morally complex With the legacy of slavery just a stone s throw behind them and the future uncertain, Jones s cornucopia of characters will haunt readers for years to come.
All Aunt Hagar s Children Stories Edward P Jones a prodigy of the short story returns to the form that first won him praise in this new collection of stories All Aunt Hagar s Children Here he turns an unflinching eye to the men wo
I was really excited to read this book as All Aunt Hagar s Children was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P Jones The Known World Although I liked the premise behind this book of short stories which deals with the African American experience in Washington DC throughout historical time,regrettably I just couldn t get into it The first, In the Blink of God s Eye is about newlyweds, Ruth and Aubrey Patterson as the set about starting their new life in Washington Shortly after their arrival, R [...]
Edward P Jones was lionized with the publication of The Known World, but that book kind of left me cold I couldn t understand what all the excitement was about, unless it was the novelty of a black man writing about a black man who owned black slaves in nineteenth century America The writing was stiff and the story was not gripping or even very memorable But I changed my opinion about this author when I read his short stories This is where his real talent lies, in writing about ordinary folks in [...]
This is an extraordinary collection of stories about African Americans in and around Washington D.C from the time of early migrations from the South to roughly the 1980s I read some of the stories before they were collected, in The New Yorker others when the book first came out, still others only recently, so that in piecemeal fashion I ve now read a few of the pieces in the collection three or four times I mention this because, though I was a wildly enthusiastic fan of Jones s previous books, [...]
i gave 4 stars for lost in the city but i think that, when taken together, this lost in the city would be included in my list of the best english language writing from the past decade and you really should read both books together the first story in lost in the city gets linked to the first story in all aunt hagar s children, the second with the second, and so on there are also complex links between stories within an individual volume edward p jones combines the economy of the short story, where [...]
His third work of fiction and second short story collection, All Aunt Hagar s Children is every bit as good as its predecessors Like his first collection, Lost in the City, the stories here are set mostly in Washington, D.C Some, like the excellent Root Worker, include southern starts or returns, even if just across the Potomac They span a range of experiences and times from the late 19th century through to contemporary times Root Worker tells the story of a smart, highly successful doctor who c [...]
Really beautiful, carefully crafted stories about life in DC I liked The Known World a lot, but wasn t completely sold on Jones until this book In All Aunt Hagar s Children, he weaves the fantastical together with the harsh realities of poverty, using rich prose and imagery.Even if you are not a fan of short stories or fiction for that matter , I would recommend trying this book Jones is such a talented writer that I would find myself stuck on sentences and phrases unable to move on like when yo [...]
I think I am done with this one, at least for now I ve read the first 5 out of 14 stories 132 pages and am finding it a drag, though I loved The Known World years ago and later on liked Lost in the City The going felt slow, and the stories felt cluttered and sometimes confusing Not all readers will share my short story preferences I like them to be streamlined and to end with a bang but that didn t really fit with these stories, which tend to meander along with two or three subplots that often d [...]
All Aunt Hagar s Children is a collection of blistering and mesmerizing stories The settings range across Washington D.C throughout the breadth of the 20th century The stories are full of unsettling revelations that produce adversity and change in the lives of a plethora of unforgettable characters These characters encounter complex and moral struggles that test their ability to overcome the destabilizing forces of sadness, emptiness, and loss Jones covers territory as disturbing as the horrors [...]
I am not a fan of short stories in general but this book was worse than I expected it might be Almost every story had no ending, most contained adultery, and many contained violence I usually like books in dialect but this was annoying with all the whas and dropped g s Every page shouted I m black I m the black experience I m black and this is Washington D.C and did I mention I m black As far as the endings of the stories, the endings were so random that I felt like he just stopped typing at any [...]
I thought I was going to love this, having read and much enjoyed one of the stories already But it is really, really spotty Jones tells a story in a way that includes hordes of tertiary characters and sometimes spans many years Sometimes this works, and sometimes this is a mess About a quarter of the stories are seriously engrossing, about a quarter are 30 to 40 page slogs, and the rest are pretty mediocre Talking to other folks who ve read it, some agree with me in principle, but have opposite [...]
These stories are perfect That s all I can say The Devil Swims Across the Anacosta blew my mind and rendered me helplessly amazed Not kidding or exaggerating I read it with lips ajar, in much the way I imagine all those boys out there read Lolita hate that book, love everything else by Nabokov though and have read much of it How come no one gets as excited by his book King, Queen, Knave or Pnin There s a masterpiece Didn t read every single story I want to save something for later What I read wa [...]
I loved this book of short stories Although there were fourteen stories, they were not cookie cutter stories It definitely did not feel like you were reading the same story over and over as some short story compilations do Not only were the main characters strong but the secondary characters were given meaningful roles also A couple of these stories have stuck with me I think this is the first of Jones writing that I have tried and I will definitely try other of his works.
Such a rich tapestry of story telling, mostly about members of the generation of those of the great migration who settle in Washington DC Beautifully written, some quite haunting Took a while since each story should be savored.
I want to go ahead and review this so I can post it, even though I m not done and won t be for awhile.I just don t like this collection of stories very much I feel bad about this, because it has gotten rave reviews and won awards, but it just doesn t appeal to me.I got through 5 and 1 2 of the 14 stories, and of those, the one I ve only read half of is the one I liked the best it was just so depressing that I didn t finish it ALL of the stories have been depressing, and in most of them, I didn t [...]
I finished reading All Aunt s Hagar Children a few days ago and had to come back to write a little blurb about it because those stories are still lingering around me Of course, as in any collection of stories, 3 or 4 make a bigger impact then the rest, however I was quite surprised of how even this selection is overall Not a small task in a book with 14 stories Those are complex stories, with a multitude of secondary characters neighbors, relatives, ancestors showing up and furnishing the main s [...]
The stories collected here offer a portrait of our nation s capital through the eyes and experiences of a varied group of African Americans who call it home Jones offers up different types doctors, retired civil servants, schoolchildren but also women beaters, drug users, and other ne er do wells He fleshes out the life of the city through the tales of these citizens creating a richly layered construction of reasonable verisimilitude, with a few dashes of the magical but for me something was sti [...]
I have been wanting to read this book for years I purchased a copy and it sat on my bookshelf because I was waiting for the right time to read it And because I had not read Jones two previous works I have a thing about reading an author s work in order of their publication , I had put it off.But finally after reading excerpts of a few of the stories online, and despite not having read the other works, I plunged into this collection From the beginning, I found the collection to be magical There i [...]
I don t read too many collections of short stories, but Edward Jones, winner of the Pulitzer for his novel, The Known World, is a master storyteller Hagar is a biblical figure She was the slave of Sarah who was married to Abraham, and Sarah thought she was too old to have children so she sent Hagar to Abraham, and they had a child named Ishmael Later, Sarah did have a child named Isaac, who was supposed to be the one sent to make Abraham the father of all nations Ishmael was banished to the dese [...]
You might not hate this book, so give it a chance I read about half of it in November or so, returned it to the library, and checked it out again because I don t like leaving things unfinished Maybe if I was familiar with DC, the way the Jones describes the surroundings by saying things like K street between 13th and 14th or whatever instead of telling us there s a gas station on the corner, and the rest of the block is row houses wouldn t bother me so much because I d already have a mental pict [...]
This collection of stories deals with many of the same themes as Jones other collection namely the African American experience as it unfolds in and around Washington, D.C I found the prose of this collection to be denser and infused with symbolism some biblical, as the title suggests and at times, magical elements, in comparison to Lost in the City I would definitely recommend it as much as Lost in the City, but I think it would be smart to read this one after you ve been introduced into Jones [...]
Edward P Jones is a new author to me and I picked this audiobook up because I wanted a change of pace from mysteries Short stories I thought would do the trick and I do enjoy Peter Francis James voice Well out of 13 disks I made it to the 9th before I got terribly bored The first couple of stores held my attention but then they began to sound as it the short stories could have been just one long story It seemed repetitious Grant it they were different families, different make up of the family I [...]
Jones has a way of making history a part of the present these short stories are dense, and each story seems to tell many stories besides the one which is its focus I m not sure I m doing a good job of getting across the feel of these stories they each seem to have such a weight to them all of his characters carry not only their present moments, but their pasts and their possible futures around with them, and Jones makes the reader feel this For the most part, these stories are centered around pe [...]
Edward P Jones is an amazing writer In a short space, he creates and shows us a universe This book of 14 stories gets better and better and I m only on pg 149 That it is set in Washington, D.C gives it a local interest Just finished this morning I admire how the last story Tapestry swings around to both the first story and the dedication to to the multitudes who came up out of the South for something better, something different But then there is much I admire in each of these stories each page w [...]
Jones is very romantical and captures the warmth of community from early 1900 s through recent day D.C I strongly prefer this collection over Lost in the City, because the stories that I didn t want to stop reading far outnumbered the ho hums, while I feel the opposite is true for his first collection of short stories There s a lot of love pouring from the author to the precious, flawed, dimensional black boys and girls in a city that knows and shapes them My favorite stories were Rich Man, In t [...]
To read All Aunt Hagar s Children is to be reminded of the beauty that the English language can evoke when in the hands of a master This collection of stories is luminous and heartfelt, with richly drawn characters who only want to do the best they can even if some of them aren t exactly model citizens The humanity in these stores is nothing short of honest and true and genuine, and rewards all readers with the breadth of the universes these stories contain.
I got halfway through this book before realizing that I had already read it The short stories are choppy and most do not have a resolution The theme throughout all are obvious but Jones did not do a good job of making it a cohesive book.
I put this book down a few weeks ago and haven t picked it up again, so am now taking it back to the library For some reason I find the stories confusing they seem to have so many characters and so much happening, almost like mini novels, and I find it hard to take it all in.
Devastating Beautiful Rich, dense, complex stories Best read after Lost in The City, since many of the characters introduced in Jones s first collection reappear, like a story cycle sequel.
SIX WORD REVIEW Simply virtuosic Black guru of detail.
The stories I ve read thus far are brilliant Bad Neighbors, Adam Robinson and the title story You can read a lot of his stuff in the New Yorker archives He s worth it.