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These were two excellent short stories and an afterward about this most enigmatic author who produced too little art and died too soon It makes him all themysterious, with those lost single copies of novels in the mail Gay s prose is original, fresh, often terrifying as the tragic comes out of nowhere He understands loneliness and the smells and feel of the outdoors, as his oddly composed characters wander and ponder about This was a short book that I selfishly chose to increase my num These were two excellent short stories and an afterward about this most enigmatic author who produced too little art and died too soon It makes him all themysterious, with those lost single copies of novels in the mail Gay s prose is original, fresh, often terrifying as the tragic comes out of nowhere He understands loneliness and the smells and feel of the outdoors, as his oddly composed characters wander and ponder about This was a short book that I selfishly chose to increase my numbers I won t reach my GR goal this year, though close, a fact which belies my OCD and results driven mentality to an embarrassing extent But it did force me to read this author again, I have oneof his before I exhaust the repertoire and he is but a memory to me I would recommend this as an example of fine short storytelling.Story one is about a man who s wife is gone and the rural neighbor is a battered wife the relationship ensues and the ending is a shattered bloody mess Up to that point the author traces his loneliness to his past, and his brooding present drives him to reluctant action.Story two is apparently a homeless young man who helps load a truck with 50 pound bags of ice and accepts as part of payment a ride from the Iceman said driver is trying to recollect a prior evening of blacked out drunkenness and seems characteristically sinister as an old southerner Ultimately an accident jars the driver to recollection of a murder of a young girl he committed, and said homeless lad sprints away, looking back and down from high atop Appalachia This one reminded me of a side trip in Tennessee when driving my daughter to her new home in VA this fall, when I got off the main drag and had to climb precarious roads, often single laned and steep, and the terror that I had to fight back This story brought it back, as great writing tends to do Two short stories, both featuring woman battering I love William Gay but I think any of the short stories in I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down Collected Stories are stronger than either of these Just being honest Two short stories, both featuring woman battering I love William Gay but I think any of the short stories in I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down Collected Stories are stronger than either of these Just being honest Gay didn t publish his first book until later in life Sadly, he died not long after, leaving as his legacy a handful of beautifully written novels and short stories Wittgenstein s Lolita and The Iceman contains two short stories by the same names that are as beautifully written as his other works A must read for his fans. With the dim light behind her and her red hair unbraided all down her back she looked like a fairytale princess a few years past happily ever after who d rethought her position and gone over to the dark sideCan William Gay write a story I don t want to read over and over for the rest of my life No No, I don t think he can On the heels of news this week that the publishing rights to Gay s two remaining unpublished works had been bought with the intent to publish next year, I decided to knock out this short two story collection I had held back for such a time as this The title track calling it such in respect to Gay s love of music is pure his best stuff Landscape, violence, crossed love, circumstance, and how the Hell did we get here I loved it The second was a snippet from the then soon to market novel that On the heels of news this week that the publishing rights to Gay s two remaining unpublished works had been bought with the intent to publish next year, I decided to knock out this short two story collection I had held back for such a time as this The title track calling it such in respect to Gay s love of music is pure his best stuff Landscape, violence, crossed love, circumstance, and how the Hell did we get here I loved it The second was a snippet from the then soon to market novel that since his death has been postponed with no real hope of it coming to market until this weeks news While still certainly of his style, it worked less for me as it seemed to be part of something bigger he was developing My favorite metaphor within these two was that of the main character in the first story when he ever so smartly drew the link between him and his gut shot dog that started the entire chain of events I barely caught it as it was subtle but upon seeing what he did I just smiled Such a clever devil The afterward was very interesting Not to be missed by any other Gay fans To think that this man sent countless unpublished single copy manuscripts novels included to only be rejected and lost to the world including Gay himself almost nauseates mebut that s part of what made Gay so uniquely himself These are two very good short stories in true William Gay fashion I m still saying The Paperhanger is my favorite short story by Gay However, anyway you slice it, he knows how to write and draw the reader into his creations. .READ EBOOK ♊ Wittgenstein's Lolita and The Iceman: Short Stories ♏ Gay maps out a landscape of love and death, exploring the terrain where a person s love of life interacts with their fear of the dark unknown He portrays a character looking for love that reaches beyond death with occasional morbid consequences Language, language, language What a wonder it is to read William Gay s work And you are guaranteed to be immersed in the action, the scene, and the characters Wittgenstein is a Marvelously satisfying love story Iceman is a bold vignette into a young man s encounter with a disconcerting and dangerous drunk There is a rumor that Gay s final posthumous novel will be published early next summer. William Gay s two story plus a short essay chapbook, WITTGENSTEIN S LOLITA THE ICEMAN is wonderful and worth collecting Sadly departed, but what a master he was I thought these two stories were as good as just about anything in the superb, I HATE TO SEE THAT EVENING SUN GO DOWN.Right from the opening paragraph, the quality of the authorial voice assured me that I was in for a treat, and I was From Wittgenstein s Lolita Through a deep blue dusk that fell at the very end of a season of r William Gay s two story plus a short essay chapbook, WITTGENSTEIN S LOLITA THE ICEMAN is wonderful and worth collecting Sadly departed, but what a master he was I thought these two stories were as good as just about anything in the superb, I HATE TO SEE THAT EVENING SUN GO DOWN.Right from the opening paragraph, the quality of the authorial voice assured me that I was in for a treat, and I was From Wittgenstein s Lolita Through a deep blue dusk that fell at the very end of a season of ruin he came up past the landscape of ruin itself Looming palely out of a coming dark were statuary, birdbaths, Madonnas, unarmed Venuses, capering cherubim, shapeless shapes past all indentifying The yard as it climbed toward the yellowlit house at its summit looked like a dumping ground for sculptors, the repository for misbegotten art that resulted from clumsy hands, hangovers, dementia praecox A yard sale from the attic of a madhouse This was my introduction to William Gay Although I was not enad with his violent sensibility, I was very taken with the sensibility of his prose which, at least in these two stories, is very different His writing conveys a deep sense of alienation from the world along with an attraction to nature I found an unusual beauty in his prose.