Key West Tales

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Key West Tales [BOOKS] ✯ Key West Tales By John Hersey – Polishdarling.co.uk Alternating a tale of the past that has become a part of Key West legend with a contemporary story that reflects the pulse of life there today, Hersey weaves in these stories a brilliant human tapestr Alternating a tale of the past that has become a part of Key West legend with a contemporary story that reflects the pulse of life there today, Hersey weaves in these stories a brilliant human tapestry of the place that means a great deal to him Key West PDF/EPUB ² From the author of A Bell For Adano and Hiroshima comes this final collections of stories.


10 thoughts on “Key West Tales

  1. Katherine Katherine says:

    I love these character full stories of the interactions of the inhabitants of the bohemian island of Key West I m a big fan of the place myself, and this book brings it to life, just as I always thought it would be Makes me want to learn to sail and relocate.


  2. Kari Kari says:

    the first tale made this book worth it


  3. Jim Jim says:

    The first novella is astonishingly good, which itself was five star, and i was a fan of most of the current day stories, in particular, the one of the mother s reunion with her son on Halloween, as well as the retiring navy man and the writing prompt story of the wedding dress Oddly, given the strength of Hersey with both fiction and non fiction, as well as fictionalization of historical subjects, his vignettes of historical characters in historical Key West were kind of flat They were also mu The first novella is astonishingly good, which itself was five star, and i was a fan of most of the current day stories, in particular, the one of the mother s reunion with her son on Halloween, as well as the retiring navy man and the writing prompt story of the wedding dress Oddly, given the strength of Hersey with both fiction and non fiction, as well as fictionalization of historical subjects, his vignettes of historical characters in historical Key West were kind of flat They were also much, much shorter than the fictional pieces set in contemporary KW so that they were maybe meant to be impressionistic, or in the case of the Audubon one, commentary, but they didn t modulate well with the longer,nuanced fictional pieces Also, where was Tennessee Williams Still worth reading, tho, especially if you love Key West, in which case, it s required reading


  4. Peter Waack Peter Waack says:

    Bunch of short stories, most of them mediocre I enjoyed the historical stories that were in between the short stories the most If you find yourself with a copy, the first and last story was the best Took me forever to finish, but I always finish books I start This one was tough to do, looking forward to a new book.


  5. John John says:

    These stories are written for the book Between each story, as well as opening and closing the book, are short historical vignettes from the island s history The stories are solidly written, but I don t know that I got a sense of Key West from them as much as I did from the vignettes.


  6. Sandy Carmichael Sandy Carmichael says:

    One of those books that does not tell a story as sucha partial glimpse into people of that area Not really my cup of tea.


  7. Jordan Conerty Jordan Conerty says:

    A fine collection of stories I agree with other reviews that the first story makes reading the whole book worth the time.


  8. Ann Ann says:

    A couple of the stories were pretty good most were just ok.


  9. Robert C Mayho Robert C Mayho says:

    One of the last published works by Hersey, this collection of short stories with a Key West theme is decidedly varied in quality The longer stories are interspersed with short profiles of famous Key West residents and characters, like Harry Truman, John James Audubon and, of course, Ernest Hemingway But these are the most frustrating pieces in the book, because they all leave the reader wantingWere it not for the excellent AIDS themed story Get Up, Sweet Slug a Bed , this collection wo One of the last published works by Hersey, this collection of short stories with a Key West theme is decidedly varied in quality The longer stories are interspersed with short profiles of famous Key West residents and characters, like Harry Truman, John James Audubon and, of course, Ernest Hemingway But these are the most frustrating pieces in the book, because they all leave the reader wantingWere it not for the excellent AIDS themed story Get Up, Sweet Slug a Bed , this collection would be much the worse


  10. Jim Jim says:

    I saw this volume on the shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library and decided to pick it up on a whim John Hersey s fame rests primarily on two novels, Hiroshima and A Bell for Adano, both of which are irretrievably associated with WW2, and neither of which I had read I ve always had a thing for Key West certainly not because of the gay subculture just because it was a Land s End kind of place, somewhat like Los Angeles, where I live now.Key West Tales is Hersey s last published book and I saw this volume on the shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library and decided to pick it up on a whim John Hersey s fame rests primarily on two novels, Hiroshima and A Bell for Adano, both of which are irretrievably associated with WW2, and neither of which I had read I ve always had a thing for Key West certainly not because of the gay subculture just because it was a Land s End kind of place, somewhat like Los Angeles, where I live now.Key West Tales is Hersey s last published book and only his second collection of short stories This is probably not the best book to start reading Hersey, because it shows him to be a writer in a minor key who has, sadly, outlived his place in the sun It made me sad because it made me realize that my own place in the sun has passed some years ago, and what will be written tomorrow if anything is written at all will be by someone who Tweets and Facebooks and iPads Perhaps the literature of tomorrow will be written to be read on a smart phone screen There is nothing wrong with the stories, except for a kind of twilight sense of lives slowly coming undone In between the longer stories are little historical sketches typeset all in Italic which, with a couple of exceptions, such as the piece on Harry S Truman, are forgettable Probably the best story in the bunch is also the longest, Get Up, Sweet Slug A Bed, about a gay academic dying of AIDS and having issues with his care givers If there is world enough and time, I might tackle another Hersey book at some point, but I would have to feel very motivated


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10 thoughts on “Key West Tales

  1. Katherine Katherine says:

    I love these character full stories of the interactions of the inhabitants of the bohemian island of Key West I m a big fan of the place myself, and this book brings it to life, just as I always thought it would be Makes me want to learn to sail and relocate.


  2. Kari Kari says:

    the first tale made this book worth it


  3. Jim Jim says:

    The first novella is astonishingly good, which itself was five star, and i was a fan of most of the current day stories, in particular, the one of the mother s reunion with her son on Halloween, as well as the retiring navy man and the writing prompt story of the wedding dress Oddly, given the strength of Hersey with both fiction and non fiction, as well as fictionalization of historical subjects, his vignettes of historical characters in historical Key West were kind of flat They were also mu The first novella is astonishingly good, which itself was five star, and i was a fan of most of the current day stories, in particular, the one of the mother s reunion with her son on Halloween, as well as the retiring navy man and the writing prompt story of the wedding dress Oddly, given the strength of Hersey with both fiction and non fiction, as well as fictionalization of historical subjects, his vignettes of historical characters in historical Key West were kind of flat They were also much, much shorter than the fictional pieces set in contemporary KW so that they were maybe meant to be impressionistic, or in the case of the Audubon one, commentary, but they didn t modulate well with the longer,nuanced fictional pieces Also, where was Tennessee Williams Still worth reading, tho, especially if you love Key West, in which case, it s required reading


  4. Peter Waack Peter Waack says:

    Bunch of short stories, most of them mediocre I enjoyed the historical stories that were in between the short stories the most If you find yourself with a copy, the first and last story was the best Took me forever to finish, but I always finish books I start This one was tough to do, looking forward to a new book.


  5. John John says:

    These stories are written for the book Between each story, as well as opening and closing the book, are short historical vignettes from the island s history The stories are solidly written, but I don t know that I got a sense of Key West from them as much as I did from the vignettes.


  6. Sandy Carmichael Sandy Carmichael says:

    One of those books that does not tell a story as sucha partial glimpse into people of that area Not really my cup of tea.


  7. Jordan Conerty Jordan Conerty says:

    A fine collection of stories I agree with other reviews that the first story makes reading the whole book worth the time.


  8. Ann Ann says:

    A couple of the stories were pretty good most were just ok.


  9. Robert C Mayho Robert C Mayho says:

    One of the last published works by Hersey, this collection of short stories with a Key West theme is decidedly varied in quality The longer stories are interspersed with short profiles of famous Key West residents and characters, like Harry Truman, John James Audubon and, of course, Ernest Hemingway But these are the most frustrating pieces in the book, because they all leave the reader wantingWere it not for the excellent AIDS themed story Get Up, Sweet Slug a Bed , this collection wo One of the last published works by Hersey, this collection of short stories with a Key West theme is decidedly varied in quality The longer stories are interspersed with short profiles of famous Key West residents and characters, like Harry Truman, John James Audubon and, of course, Ernest Hemingway But these are the most frustrating pieces in the book, because they all leave the reader wantingWere it not for the excellent AIDS themed story Get Up, Sweet Slug a Bed , this collection would be much the worse


  10. Jim Jim says:

    I saw this volume on the shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library and decided to pick it up on a whim John Hersey s fame rests primarily on two novels, Hiroshima and A Bell for Adano, both of which are irretrievably associated with WW2, and neither of which I had read I ve always had a thing for Key West certainly not because of the gay subculture just because it was a Land s End kind of place, somewhat like Los Angeles, where I live now.Key West Tales is Hersey s last published book and I saw this volume on the shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library and decided to pick it up on a whim John Hersey s fame rests primarily on two novels, Hiroshima and A Bell for Adano, both of which are irretrievably associated with WW2, and neither of which I had read I ve always had a thing for Key West certainly not because of the gay subculture just because it was a Land s End kind of place, somewhat like Los Angeles, where I live now.Key West Tales is Hersey s last published book and only his second collection of short stories This is probably not the best book to start reading Hersey, because it shows him to be a writer in a minor key who has, sadly, outlived his place in the sun It made me sad because it made me realize that my own place in the sun has passed some years ago, and what will be written tomorrow if anything is written at all will be by someone who Tweets and Facebooks and iPads Perhaps the literature of tomorrow will be written to be read on a smart phone screen There is nothing wrong with the stories, except for a kind of twilight sense of lives slowly coming undone In between the longer stories are little historical sketches typeset all in Italic which, with a couple of exceptions, such as the piece on Harry S Truman, are forgettable Probably the best story in the bunch is also the longest, Get Up, Sweet Slug A Bed, about a gay academic dying of AIDS and having issues with his care givers If there is world enough and time, I might tackle another Hersey book at some point, but I would have to feel very motivated


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