The Little Disturbances of Man

The Little Disturbances of Man With a sure and humorous touch Grace Paley explores the little disturbances that lie behind our everyday lives Whether writing about sexy little girls loving and bickering couples angry suburbanite

  • Title: The Little Disturbances of Man
  • Author: Grace Paley
  • ISBN: 9780452250734
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Paperback
  • With a sure and humorous touch, Grace Paley explores the little disturbances that lie behind our everyday lives Whether writing about sexy little girls, loving and bickering couples, angry suburbanites, frustrated job seekers, or Jewish children performing a Christmas play, she captures the loneliness, poignancy, and humor of human experience with matchless style.

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    • Bülent Özgün says:

      Çevirmeni Aylin Ülçer yüzü suyu hürmetine almıştım bu kitabı. Kendisi ne çevirdiyse, sevdiğim türde olsun olmasın, ilgimi çeksin çekmesin okuyorum/okuyacağım. Onun yerlileştirmeleri, bulduğu karşılıklar bende hayranlık uyandırıyor.Bu itkiyle okurken birden kitabın kendisini de sevmeye başladığımı fark ettim. Paley'nin günlük hayatı anlatırken kullandığı zaman zaman acıklı zaman zaman alaycı dili hoşuma gitti.11 Öyküden oluşan eserin tamamında güçl [...]

    • Glenn Sumi says:

      More than half a century after it was published, Grace Paley’s debut, The Little Disturbances Of Man, remains fierce, funny and startingly fresh.The author had yet to discover fully her political activism – that would come a decade or so later, as chronicled in the appropriately-named Enormous Changes At The Last Minute (1974) – but this first book provides great insights into urban women and men dealing with sex, relationships and raising kids.These stories pulse and throb with the ordina [...]

    • Orsodimondo says:

      BREVI TRISTI STORIE DI LUNGHE VITE FELICIMi ha colpito Grace Paley, o meglio, mi hanno colpito i suoi racconti: sono fuori dal coro, possiedono un ritmo insolito, si muovono come uccelli sui rami, sono composti da un orecchio perfetto. Piccole storie, molto dialogate, che con una frase, con un pensiero trasportano anni dopo, poche pagine per racchiudere squarci di esistenze, banali solo in apparenza: possiedono la magia unica del quotidiano, l’incessante rumore di gioia che arriva dalla stanza [...]

    • Teresa Proença says:

      Meia dúzia de contos um bocado chochos. São mais, mas já não os li, pois não estou para me contrariar com leituras que não me aquecem nem me arrefecem

    • Elizabeth (Alaska) says:

      The cover of this edition has a line from Philip Roth: "spendidly comic and unladylike". My sense of humor seems at variance with many, but I did find many amusing lines. The unladylike is spot on. There is no real sex in these, but the situations are obvious. I was shocked. Not because of so much sexual activity which involved pre-marital sex, free-sex, and outright adultery, but because this little volume was first published in 1956 in the United States. This was a time when a girl was sent of [...]

    • Larry Bassett says:

      This book of short stories was published in 1959 – a lifetime ago and it is still very fun to read. I love the NYC and Jewish settings. I will steal some quotes from other GR reviews that say just what I would want to say about this book: Half way through the first paragraph—“Only a person like your mama stands on one foot, she don’t notice how big her behind is getting and sings in the canary’s ear for thirty years. Who’s listening?”—I realized I was in the company of some very [...]

    • Northpapers says:

      "Under the narrow sky of God's great wisdom, she wore a strawberry-blonde wig."I first read this collection in October of 2015. On that first time through, I stopped and re-read "The Loudest Voice," the story from which I drew that quote about the wig, at least four times, once aloud to a group of friends who may or may not have shared my enthusiasm for it. It's hard to tell sometimes.I received The Collected Stories of Grace Paley for Christmas, and I decided to open 2016 by reading The Little [...]

    • Chantal says:

      Earlier this month I came across Grace Paley’s The Little Disturbances of Man on the clearance rack at Half Price Books. At two bucks, I knew this was a book to buy—I’d heard Paley’s name mentioned perhaps a dozen times in and around the Bennington campus—but that was all I knew of Paley. I began reading The Little Disturbances of Man oblivious to anything and everything about the author or her work.Upon opening the book, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it was a short story co [...]

    • Lee says:

      Less political than her second collection and maybe therefore not as charged or textured? Here's a self-critical comment cleverly embedded in the collection's last story: "'What's the matter with you? Don't put yourself on a platter. What are you -- a roast duck, everything removable with a lousy piece of flatware? Be secret. Turn over on your side. Let them guess if you're stuffed. That's how I got where I am.' The organization of his ideas was all wrong; I was drawn to the memory of myself -- [...]

    • Garrett Zecker says:

      Beautiful short stories that may be some of the most notable of Paleys. She is a seamstress with characters that walk off of the page and transform into our brothers, sisters, grandparents, mothers, and fathers. This book outlines the sexually charged life we lead as human beings and how that can be complicated by communication, distance, closeness, and much more. Gorgeous little volume from a beautiful writer. This book will warm you in more ways than I can describe After reading this, pick up [...]

    • Frabe says:

      Grace Paley (1922-2007) ha scritto solo racconti - pochi, tra l'altro. Questa è la sua prima e più nota raccolta, del 1959: apprezzabile tuttora, lo fu particolarmente all'epoca, per lo stile singolare e innovativo - con Saul Bellow e Philip Roth tra i principali estimatori.(Grace Paley fu inoltre una pacifista molto "battagliera", soprattutto ai tempi del Vietnam.)

    • Ben Loory says:

      i'd read and loved paley's story "wants" in an anthology somewhere and so i figured i'd try this collection of hers a try. unfortunately, this collection is her first, 12+ years before "wants," and the stories are much longer and "normaler" than that brilliant little jewel. it's impressive how she changes voices so completely and convincingly from one story to the next, but in the end only one of these stories (the first, "goodbye and good luck") actually had any emotional effect on me, and none [...]

    • Tutku says:

      2.5' tan ☆☆☆Kitabı çok sevemedim maalesef. Sonlarında bitirmek için cebelleştim. Yazarın diline bir süre sonra alıştım fakat okuma heyecanım öyküler ilerledikçe azaldı. Özellikle birkaç öyküde ' Ne anlamalıydım?' diye düşündüm. Anlam yükleyemedim, hoşlanmadım. Sevdiğim 1-2 öykü ve bazı kısımlar oldu fakat etki bırakmadılar üzerimde

    • Adam says:

      "I served myself hot coffee in the living room. I organized comfort in the armchair, poured the coffee black into a white mug that said MAMA, tapped cigarette ash into a ceramic hand-hollowed by Richard. I looked into the square bright window of daylight to ask myself the sapping question: What is man that woman lies down to adore him?"Highlights: "The Pale Pink Roast," "The Loudest Voice," "An Interest in Life," "Two Short Sad Stories from a Long and Happy Life," "In Time Which Made a Monkey of [...]

    • Daryn says:

      Grace Paley's first and best collection of stories, this includes some of the finest stories written by an American in the past 50 years: although it is hard to choose, I would say my favorites are "The Loudest Voice" and "In Time Which Made a Monkey of Us All." Paley rarely wrote again at this level, as her admirable commitments to political activism and teaching necessarily distracted her from her writing. I ran into Paley at the MLA conference a couple of years ago before she passed away and [...]

    • Kate S says:

      This was an amusing collection of short stories. Am interested to read more of this author's work.

    • Zana says:

      «Ao fim destes dias regressei à minha vida. Quando nos encontrávamos, Vlashkin e eu, só nos saudávamos com Olá e Adeus, e depois durante alguns tristes anos apenas acenávamos com a cabeça, como que dizendo: «Sim, sim, sei quem tu és».«Por exemplo, a gerência - gente de vistas curtas - já não lhe oferecia determinados papéis de personagens mais jovens. Tolos. Que homem mais novo saberia da vida o bastante para ser tão jovem quanto ele?»Grace Paley, «Pequenas Contrariedades da E [...]

    • Yvonne says:

      A friend sent me an article about Grace Paley written by George Saunders at the New Yorker magazine. I was so intrigued by the article which sang her praises and described her as "one of the great writers of voice of the last century" that I reserved two books of hers from my local library.Yes indeed she is a funny and dazzling writer. These short stories are feisty, sexy, witty, non sentimental, set in another time and yet people don't change. They just express themselves differently. The stori [...]

    • Başak Çolular says:

      "İnsana Hiç Rahat Yok Kendinden" birbirinden özgün öykülerden oluşuyor. Öykü okumayı sevenlerin çok beğeneceğini, bu kitapta yeni bir soluk bulacaklarını düşünüyorum. Özellikle yaratıcı öykü isimleri benim favorim oldu. Bunun yanı sıra kendi hayatından gözlemlediklerinden yola çıkarak farklı karakterlerin ev sahipliği yaptığı öyküler üreten Grace Paley'nin okuduğum ilk kitabı olmasına karşın hiç yabancılık çekmedim, yadırgamadım dilini. Yüz Kitap [...]

    • Cecillia V. says:

      The Little Disturbances of Man: a compilation of eleven short stories written by Grace Paley. Written in New York in 1959, this collection of stories involves real love, real life, and the real city of New York. This collection can serve as a Bible for women in relationships. It gives a variety of situations; some that you would never think you could experience in a lifetime but are certainly possible. It serves as a compilation of experiences that would give advice for any woman in a relationsh [...]

    • Victoria Ryan says:

      The Little Disturbances of Man- Grace Paleyreview by- Victoria RyanGrace Paley explores the “little disturbances” in her so aptly named “The Little Disturbances of Man”, with a collection of short stories and anecdotes. Paley tells about everything from young girls, couples in despair, and Jewish children in a Christmas play. “Little Disturbances” captures what it means to be human through recollections of loneliness and humor. Each story involves a new set of characters and a new pe [...]

    • Phil Syphe says:

      The only reason I didn’t give up on this collection halfway through the first story is because I had to do a joint presentation on the author as part of my MA degree.Checking other reviews, I see I’m of a minority who can’t stand these type of stories. Here and there my interest was caught, hence my rating it two stars instead of one, but on the whole I was either bored, irritated, or both.Too many characters, not enough plot.

    • Paul Cockeram says:

      Grace Paley is delightfully, relentlessly witty. One of her sentences is worth an entire tale from a lesser craftswoman, the most important thing being the way she tells her stories--her distinctive voice and its sardonic, sincere look at the lives of early twentieth century Jewish New Yorkers. Here are a few splendid examples: “In the end, man will probably peel his skin (said Eddie) to favor durable plastics, at which time, kaput the race problem. A man will be any color he chooses or transl [...]

    • Bruce says:

      The action in Paley's short story, "An Interest in Life", takes place in an urban tenement. The story is told in the first person by a wife, Virginia. It begins, “My husband gave me a broom one Christmas. This wasn’t right. No one can tell me it was meant kindly.” The tone throughout the opening page is ironic, even snide. The husband is about to leave for the Army, and there seems to be little love lost between the spouses. In fact, he is not joining the Army but is simply leaving her and [...]

    • Miguel Jiménez says:

      Grace Paley tenía habilidad para deleitar al lector con historias donde predomina el tono jovial, compuesto de humor disparatado y ternura hacia sus personajes —los dos juntos son unomismo— pero a su vez muestra la contraparte contando una historia "seria" —casi siempre en el mismo relato—. Algo nada fácil y lo digo por el tono que se debe utilizar para cambiar de sintonía tan rápidamente. No se puede dejar de lado la inteligencia y creatividad par darle forma a la historia e ir estr [...]

    • Nicole says:

      "I held him so and rocked him. I cradled him. I closed my eyes and leaned on his dark head. But the sun in its course emerged from among the water towers of downtown office buildings and suddenly shone white and bright on me. Then through the short fat fingers of my son, interred forever, like a black and whited barred king in Alcatraz, my heart lit up in stripes." - p. 145I've read this paragraph about thirty times in the last few days and might continue to read it every day from now on so that [...]

    • Adam Cherson says:

      I rate this book a 3.7 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being best. A surprisingly readable set of vignettes from 1950s New York. Described as a set of little disturbances, these stories have the ring of Bellow to them, without the philosophical excursions (which could make them more accessible for many readers). Yes, I am saying that these stories are on a par with Bellow. They are stories about average people chasing their humble 1950s dreams heroically. Characterization is extremely pithy and poig [...]

    • Austin Allen says:

      One of the best story collections ever written. My review at Guernica is here:guernicamag/blog/1385/The first story is like the first chapter of Pride and Prejudice, a perfect piece of comic writing. Once you strip away the differentiating markers--American, Jewish, twentieth-century, etc.--Paley might be the truest literary sister to Jane Austen. Her characters learn what Austen's heroines would have learned past the endpoint of their books: that the quadrille of anxiety, jealousy, mockery, and [...]

    • Astall says:

      Full of characters I guess I'd call jaunty, tough, smart in the sense of freshness. The first five stories are tight and efficient, the back five expand a little, all are top notch except maybe the last, which seems to kind of plunge into a completely other aesthetic region. The book never flinches away from difficulty or sexuality, and although the sarcastic/cheeky narrative voice is not generally my favorite sort, something (perhaps the not-too-sensitive, uneducated nature of the characters) s [...]

    • Megan says:

      When I am traveling I want Grace with me. Her stories about interactions between men and women help me stay grounded, not as if I am hurtling through the air at 35,000 feet. This is very helpful and I suppose its because her stories all take place in New York City. On my most recent trip I took her first book of short stories because I realized I had never read it all the way through. I wanted to like it the best of her three, but I don't. The stories are funny and wry, but without the depth, in [...]

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