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Robert Olen Butler, “Snow”

Well, because I got the stories confused and didn’t respond to the right one last week, I thought that I would finally get it right. I must say that I like Robert Olen Butler. After reading interviews with him and … Continue reading

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The Trip Back

I actually really liked this story but I felt a little bit of confusion at the end of it. ┬áThe narrator distances himself from his family, his wife, and his culture, yet at the same time I get the feeling … Continue reading

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“A businessman, not a poet…”

“I am just a businessman, not a poet,” Robert Olen Butler’s narrator declares in the opening of the story “The Trip Back.” Here is the quintessential example of the unreliable first-person narrator, for despite his adamant objection, this man is … Continue reading

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Robert Olen Butler’s “The Trip Back”

I’ve placed a copy of the Robert Olen Butler story “The Trip Back” in the Google docs folder for the class. I’d like everyone to read that story and to bring a copy to class on Thursday, September 16 — … Continue reading

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