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Some Trick : Thirteen Stories

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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
  • 73,640

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A mind-bending collection of short stories that span such heady topics as statistical computing, religion, and the essence of capital-A Art--what DeWitt summits in substance she also mirrors in readability.
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692 ratings
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2 16% (108)
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