Some Trick

Some Trick : Thirteen Stories

3.36 (813 ratings by Goodreads)
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For sheer unpredictable brilliance, Gogol may come to mind, but no author alive today takes a reader as far as Helen DeWitt into the funniest, most yonder dimensions of possibility. Her jumping-off points might be statistics, romance, the art world's piranha tank, games of chance and games of skill, the travails of publishing, or success. "Look," a character begins to explain, laying out some gambit reasonably enough, even if facing a world of boomeranging counterfactuals, situations spinning out to their utmost logical extremes, and Rube Goldberg-like moving parts, where things prove "more complicated than they had first appeared" and "at 3 a.m. the circumstances seem to attenuate." In various ways, each tale carries DeWitt's signature poker-face lament regarding the near-impossibility of the life of the mind when one is made to pay to have the time for it, in a world so sadly "taken up with all sorts of paraphernalia superfluous, not to say impedimental, to ratiocination."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 142 x 211 x 23mm | 382g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0811227820
  • 9780811227827
  • 354,464

Review quote

For sheer brilliance and humor, Some Trick delivers like nothing else, simply because DeWitt writes like no one else.DeWitt's great subject is genius, an ambitious undertaking made less so by the fact that she may just be one herself-- "The Millions"
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813 ratings
3.36 out of 5 stars
5 15% (122)
4 32% (260)
3 32% (262)
2 15% (125)
1 5% (44)
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