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Category Archives: Everything Burned
You talked about redemption in Wells Tower’s work, and how the absence of it seems to be a major presence in many of his stories. However, I found “Door in your Eye” to be one of the more redemptive pieces … Continue reading
I felt that throughout the story, there was an atmosphere of repulsion and disgust; many of the descriptions rely on negative sensory descriptions, like the fridge smelling ‘sour’ or Bob’s relationship being ‘curdled.’ The emphasis especially seems to be on … Continue reading
The “Brown Coast” is the first story that we have read of Wells Tower that is not written in the first person. I actually really like third person narration because I feel like you get more about the characters and … Continue reading
Everything, Ravaged, Everything Burned Cartoon I think the video’s narrator makes the story come together. Despite the modern twist in the language, hearing the narrator makes it seem more real and fitting.
Up until now, everything that we have read in Tower’s short story collection has been based in fairly modern times. However, the last story in the book takes place in the past, during the time of Vikings. Altogether witty and … Continue reading
The first statement I want to make is that I don’t understand why this is the title of the collection. The story seems completely different in structure and type of character to me, and the fact that it is unrealistic … Continue reading
Well, since I can’t sound smart anymore about my reading of “Going to the Dogs,” I suppose that I can attempt at “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned.” To me, this is the best story that we have read by Wells Tower. … Continue reading
The characters in the stories by Wells Tower always surprise me with the roles they play. I feel like a lot of the time I expect the characters to play an equal part or to be as equally developed, or … Continue reading
From Bookforum.com: In “Door in Your Eye,” an elderly, disabled man moves in with his adult daughter. A Rear Window scenario ensues, as Albert watches a woman’s apartment across the street as stranger after stranger enters, stays a few minutes, … Continue reading