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The Tiger in the Grass: Stories and Other Inventions

The Tiger in the Grass Stories and Other Inventions This collection of short pieces reveals the same startling sensitivity and sculpted prose that made Harriet Doerr s novels beloved bestsellers In The Tiger in the Grass Doerr explores the magical

  • Title: The Tiger in the Grass: Stories and Other Inventions
  • Author: Harriet Doerr
  • ISBN: 9780140251487
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Paperback
  • This collection of 15 short pieces reveals the same startling sensitivity and sculpted prose that made Harriet Doerr s novels beloved bestsellers In The Tiger in the Grass, Doerr explores the magical power of memory as it harvests experience, bringing us a wealth of unforgettable characters all captured in the web of life with all the richness and beauty that distinguishThis collection of 15 short pieces reveals the same startling sensitivity and sculpted prose that made Harriet Doerr s novels beloved bestsellers In The Tiger in the Grass, Doerr explores the magical power of memory as it harvests experience, bringing us a wealth of unforgettable characters all captured in the web of life with all the richness and beauty that distinguishes Doerr s writing.

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    1. What a sense for language! I recall that I previously read Stones for Ibarra and like it - but did not flip over it. But this book, while taking us back to Ibarra in some of the short stories (and to other places in Mexico in many others) really hits me differently. Perhaps I have changed and am not more sensitive to beauty in prose than before. In any case, there is beauty in this short read. I particularly liked the final sections.

    2. We read this delightful book of short pieces for our book club. Her writing is an opening onto a beautifully felt and realized world of sight, smell, touch and feeling. Her writing is simple and graceful. It is like reading poetry.

    3. Doerr’s title and the first story in this collection comes from a visit to her optometrist. She was in her 80’s and she was hoping aloud that she didn’t lose sight in her right eye as she only had peripheral vision in her left. The doctor responded, “Don’t belittle peripheral vision. That’s how we see the tiger in the grass…It’s also how the tiger sees us.” And she knew then, that she had always known this tiger in the grass, but never had a name for him.The vision seems to fol [...]

    4. Harriet Doerr wrote two novels and this book of short stories. One could read her total works over a weekend. This is one of those authors that I really cannot say why I love their writing, except for the sense of place. You can just see the Mexico that she describes.

    5. A remarkable book. I've been reading sections to everyone I know for the last two weeks, starting on the walk home from the library. I was looking for a book by Anthony Doerr and saw this 2005 hardback version by the author of Stones from Ibarra (a huge favorite of mine from the 80's). Well, from the first sentence I was in Doerr's hands/written wordsI have read the first two pages to at least 15 people, especially my seniors, "Yesterday was my 85th birthday" Then I show the students her brief a [...]

    6. This is a book you never want to finish. As you come closer to the end, you find yourself reading more and more slowly. Then, when you do finish, you feel like starting again at the beginning.Harriet Doerr writes so tenderly with such evocative prose and economy of language that you lose yourself in it. Each of these stories and "inventions", polished by memory, is a gem. Written for a son who was dying of cancer, it was to be a brief account of her long life. The title comes from a conversation [...]

    7. A selection of short stories and vignettes and essays that Doerr wrote at various times during her career. They are good but not as good as her book Stones for Ibarra. I like the way she plays with the language where she seems to think of a theme and then writes about it. There are remembrances from her days in early California along the beach before it became the Mecca that it is today. Memories of Mexico where she lived for a number of years. Good writing but not great.

    8. This book is a combination of memories and stories and presumably their intersection. And it is, like Doerr's other works, simply marvelous. Set in Mexico and California in the 20th century, her work looks for beauty in people and in places and she finds it where the rest of us might not. She gentles raging emotions and moves us toward peace, for her characters, and by example, perhaps for ourselves.She started publishing late in life and her body of work is small. READ IT ALL.

    9. Doerr was a fabulous writer; an inspiration to those of us who have come to writing later in life. This book is packed with sentiment, powerful images and a voice that whispers in your ear. Wonderful.

    10. Very enjoyable.The author is quite inspiring - she was first published quite late in life.Her first book Stones for Ibarra won the National Book Award.

    11. Short stories from Harriet Doerr who writes with very simple, but elegant prose. I believe this was her last publication before her death.

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