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    IGNOU books 2019 In Hindi Online PDF Free perfect phrase, Kennedy makes us care about each of her characters In Takes You Home, a man s attempt to sell his flat becomes a journey to the interior, by turns comic and harrowing And Late in Life deftly evokes an intergenerational love affair free of the usual clich s, the younger partner asking the older, What should I wear at your funeral Alive with memory, humor, and longing, All the Rage is A L Kennedy at her inimitable best."/>
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  • All the Rage: Stories
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  • 28 July 2018
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All the Rage: Stories❰PDF / Epub❯ ☁ All the Rage: Stories Author A.L. Kennedy – Essayreview.co.uk A L Kennedy s riveting new story collection is a luscious feast of language that encompasses real estate and forlorn pets, adolescents and sixty somethings, weekly liaisons and obsessive affairs, cert A L Kennedy s riveting new story collection is a luscious feast of language that encompasses real estate and forlorn pets, adolescents and sixty somethings, weekly liaisons and obsessive affairs, certain types of threat and the odder edges of sweet things The women and men in these twelve stories search for love, solace, and a clear glimpse of what their lives have become Anything can set them off thinking the sad homogeneity of hotel breakfasts, a sex shop operated under Canadian values All the PDF or whatever those are , or an army of joggers dressed as SantaWith her boundless empathy and gift for the perfect phrase, Kennedy makes us care about each of her characters In Takes You Home, a man s attempt to sell his flat becomes a journey to the interior, by turns comic and harrowing And Late in Life deftly evokes an intergenerational love affair free of the usual clich s, the younger partner asking the older, What should I wear at your funeral Alive with memory, humor, and longing, All the Rage is A L Kennedy at her inimitable best.


About the Author: A.L. Kennedy

Alison Louise Kennedy is a Scottish writer of novels, short stories and non fiction She is known for a characteristically dark tone, a blending of realism and fantasy, and for her serious approach to her work She occasionally contributes columns and reviews to UK and European newspapers including the fictional diary of her pet parrot named Charlie.


10 thoughts on “All the Rage: Stories

  1. says:

    A.L Kennedy has a wicked sense of the absurd She can be hilariously funny, but as she warned her audience at the Lit Cologne event I attended last Thursday, when her stories turn funny, it s like that bit in Jurassic Park where the children are eating ice cream you just know that there are man eating raptors advancing from stage left and right The laughs are in there to relax the reader so that the contrast, when it comes, is all theeffective.In the story Baby Blue , which is blue, A.L Kennedy has a wicked sense of the absurd She can be hilariously funny, but as she warned her audience at the Lit Cologne event I attended last Thursday, when her stories turn funny, it s like that bit in Jurassic Park where the children are eating ice cream you just know that there are man eating raptors advancing from stage left and right The laughs are in there to relax the reader so that the contrast, when it comes, is all theeffective.In the story Baby Blue , which is blue, but only for beginners, no real sex in there, just the toys that people might use if so inclined, or maybe it is an allusion to Bob Dylan It s all over now Anyway, there is a woman there who is lost And cold So she ducks into the nearest shop to get warm Now, let s leave aside how likely this is for now, because these kinds of shops are usually highly recognizable, but as she wanders around what appears to be a big grocer s, trying to ignore the advances of an inopportune and over zealous sales assistant, she gradually realizes that this is a supermarket full of sex Or rather, not sex, but devices engineered there was a lot of engineering to mime the effects of sex And as she stands in front of the fake vaginas the preposterous sales assistant in this preposterous shop asks the preposterous question For yourself.Just think about that for a moment I mean we all know how we wonder about the kind of sub text that might be going on, or might be seen to be going on, if we give something as innocuous as shower gel to a friend Use this, please So how muchdelicate the excruciating coded message in giving a fake vagina to someone What rich potential hidden agenda opens up there Ms Kennedy goes into a riff that had me chortling alone on my sofa at home, and the audience in Cologne in gales of whooping laughter And it goes on after the fake vaginas, we get to the chocolate flavoured condoms You like penises, you like chocolate, why not both There were many whys for not both For many reasons, my opinion was in favour of not both.If I like penises, might I not be assumed to hope the flavour of a penis will be penis, which is to say not too much of a flavour, ideally just this subtle, unflavoured pleasantness and that isn t a problem, how could that be a problem I don t feel that my experience of oral sex is intended to be primarily culinary.As the protagonist says I am lost, but not that lostA.L Kennedy performed the whole sex shop extract on Thursday, which led on to a question from the presenter about how to write about sex For three weeks each year, she teaches creative writing at Warwick University, and because, perhaps, of the boldness of her own writing, she tends to get from her students their attempts at thephysical aspects of love So then we had the absurd situation of Ms Kennedy speaking on the pitfalls of portraying sex, whether on screen or in writing, in a church, which cracked her up herself can t believe I m talking about this in a church, and my mother a lay Methodist preacher and my father a church organist an atheist church organist, but a church organist nonetheless.However it would be wrong to leave you with the impression that A.L Kennedy is a bundle of laughs all the way Certainly not The raptors are waiting.In The Practice of Mercy , there is another woman, who, rather like the protagonist in Baby Blue has taken a trip away, to Europe, to a non specific European town with sweetish Middle European air a sense of mountains about it and of overpriced market place snacks closer at hand The shops sell alarming artisan ceramics Or lace And contagious looking biscuits On her way back she would buy some of the worrying biscuits She briefly wished her phrasebook included the question, Excuse me, do these taste bizarre, or have a disturbing texture, in which case I ll take several That would be the right thing to expect with A.L Kennedy Stories that taste bizarre, have a disturbing texture, but I ll take several She is not an easy, comfortable writer, these are not stories that you can shrug on like an old coat The writing is often spiky, cryptic, prickly Each word weighed, carefully, in the hand, examined, questioned, then rejected Nothing is easy, breezy, peasy In A Thing Unheard of , someone, you , is debating how to ask someone, they , to leave The meticulous, painstaking examination of each word and its implications is symptomatic of Kennedy s work How are you What does that mean What are the implications You re a person who weighs implications and so are they, and that s a factor to consider while you plan.Scrupulous That s the word.And small, small, small These stories are all about love The fragility of it, the pain of losing it, the absurdity of it, the gentle healing capacity of it, the wonder of it Sometimes there is a glimpse of the outer world as opposed to the inner In The Effects of Good Government on the City for example, the outer world intrudes sporadically, disturbingly, in the form of the trauma experienced by a female soldier who was witness to some of the necessary evil in terrorist suspect internment camps In the title story too, there are demos and kettling and a self satisfied journalist who betrays his best self when he betrays his Emily But mostly the field she ploughs is a very small one, about the size of the human heart.Sometimes I would love her to let go a little But I suppose you can t have both Scrupulous is never going to be relaxed

  2. says:

    The real experience of love is having unreasonably lost all shelter you cling to whoever is with you for sheer safety, beyond anything else You cling to whoever has robbed you and they cling back because they are equally naked you have stripped them to their blood They are your responsibility, frail and skinless It can t be helped I ve finished this wonderful collection of stories two weeks ago, and they still linger, haven t left me one bit, so here s me changing my initial rating to The real experience of love is having unreasonably lost all shelter you cling to whoever is with you for sheer safety, beyond anything else You cling to whoever has robbed you and they cling back because they are equally naked you have stripped them to their blood They are your responsibility, frail and skinless It can t be helped I ve finished this wonderful collection of stories two weeks ago, and they still linger, haven t left me one bit, so here s me changing my initial rating to five stars.One thing I ve always loved about A.L Kennedy is her voice, her distinct language It s not for everyone maybe But it s unmistakeably hers.Knowing that she s a writer as well as a stand up comedian, it comes as no surprise to find that she s extremely funny, heartbreakingly so However, with her incredible eye for surreal detail, for brilliantly dry and often drastic dialog she ll sometimes, without warning, let her stories shift into poetry and into sentences you d want to fill your notebooks with, or your diary, or your tombstone and swear they came from the depths of your own gut just that your own gut wasn t quite as eloquent They are stories filled with awkward, somewhat wounded figures and they all circle the central theme of love It has to be said Pink isn t Kennedy s color Those stories are a rather bleak and sometimes feel as if watching the bare bones of love on a dissection table, plus the wounds one might catch whilst unflinchingly parading what the blurb calls the battlefield of the heart , both in anatomical precision You might want a tissue handy But you might also want to prepare yourself for real beauty in those often opaque stories, that reveal themselves in layers Oh and be prepared to not feel embarrassed when laughing out loud whilst on public transport

  3. says:

    There are two voices in AL Kennedy s writing the miserablist author, and the stand up comic In All the Rage, her latest collection of short stories, the comic is in fine form but maybe the author is too downbeat for her own good She can skilfully pick apart the ridiculous aspects of modern life which we take for granted the Santa Dash, the patter of a sex shop sales assistant but she is too detached from the lives she describes, her resolutely third person narratives a way of keeping her There are two voices in AL Kennedy s writing the miserablist author, and the stand up comic In All the Rage, her latest collection of short stories, the comic is in fine form but maybe the author is too downbeat for her own good She can skilfully pick apart the ridiculous aspects of modern life which we take for granted the Santa Dash, the patter of a sex shop sales assistant but she is too detached from the lives she describes, her resolutely third person narratives a way of keeping her characters at arm s length.The way her comic observations stand out from herthoughtful passages of prose made me think that Kennedy would be a great flash fiction writer Baby Blue , for example, is frustratingly vague and impersonal, until its protagonist somehow arrives in a female friendly sex shop The difference in the writing is marked Kennedy is wickedly funny describing theor less sci fi imitation penises and chocolate condoms I don t feel my experience of oral sex is intended to be primarily culinary The Practice of Mercy has a similar passage in which Kennedy ruminates on hotel breakfasts, lamenting the way that hash browns and bacon, those customary Anglo American harbingers of obesity and doom have replaced the mysterious continental breakfasts with their plates of unnameable meats and pure, wild colours in jars The problem is that I can t really remember anything else that happened in either story.The stories here mainly concern damaging love affairs, or damaged lovers, and at times there is a sensual tone to Kennedy s writing Late in Life opens with a woman eating a fig, destroying it in an affectionate way Later, a character craves the potentially fraudulent kiss of fresh hotel sheets along limbs All too often, though, she retreats into frosty detachment, in which inanimate objects seem infused withhuman qualities than her characters.From time to time Kennedy manages to combine her acerbic observations withreflective passages to good effect, as in the title story, which describes a journey disrupted by delay and a change of trains at an unfamiliar rural station as a form of purgatory one which will be familiar to anyone who has to use Northern Rail on a regular basis The protagonist, a tabloid journalist, is stranded on the platform with his wife, but still seeks out opportunities to cast his predatory gaze over the other passengers Kennedy describes his tempestuous marriage with relish there was something about kissing her while she tasted of contempt you had to be careful in these areas, and he wouldn t recommend it for someone who flagged under tension, but if you could stand it , but for the most part his thoughts are taken up with memories of a younger woman with whom he had enjoyed a protracted affair The amount of time he spends thinking about these women is contrasted with the hasty and brutal reductionism of his work urgent copy to go with urgent tits this week s tits were wronged, glazed with anguish The high point of this story concerns the journalist s farcical attempt to attend a demonstration with his young lover, but unfortunately the narrative afterwards trails off into recriminations.The opening story, Late in Life , is touching and witty A middle aged woman prepares to go into town with her older lover, who will pay off her mortgage, a prelude to moving in together She is energised by the prospect of freedom from her financial obligations, determined to undermine the calm of her nearest building society branch with an outbreak of sex, or something like it , but is dismayed at the lethargy of the people around her, the student of the wandering sort who shuffles past, his business concluded He seems exactly as bewildered as he did when he drifted up to make his enquiry These delays allow her mind to wander, thinking of her lover s closeness to death, and the temporary nature of her happiness Here, the writing is tight and the situation definite, with none of the drift that creeps in elsewhere.There s plenty to admire in the stories I ve mentioned above, which are insightful, witty and melancholy at once But who could ever love a story which begins with the line the thing is, you know they ll be thinking much the same , as A Thing Unheard of does This vague set up is unfortunately the default setting for too many of the stories here, and the cumulative effect of them drains the life from the collection When describing her characters, Kennedy s writing becomes blurry, impersonal, lacking emotional resonance a sad contrast to the sharpness of her observations

  4. says:

    DNF after the story of the middle aged man having an affair with a younger woman Reading his thoughts as he treated her terribly and couldn t even talk himself into seeing her as a three dimensional person was offputting It was bad enough that one of the previous stories was about another middle aged man sleeping with one of his housekeepers or secretary Not in the mood to read about older men sexually taking advantage of vulnerable people, especially when they re bog standard stories.

  5. says:

    I ve had a peripheral awareness of A.L Kennedy for some time, having frequently read about her in the book papers and occasionally seen her on TV, but before this I d never actually read one of her books and it occurred to me, while thumbing through this one in the library, that I honestly had no idea at all of what kind of books she writes So I thought why not start here So I did and I m glad I did, because this is really rather good It s a collection of stories, most of which are very s I ve had a peripheral awareness of A.L Kennedy for some time, having frequently read about her in the book papers and occasionally seen her on TV, but before this I d never actually read one of her books and it occurred to me, while thumbing through this one in the library, that I honestly had no idea at all of what kind of books she writes So I thought why not start here So I did and I m glad I did, because this is really rather good It s a collection of stories, most of which are very short They re quite sparse in terms of description and there s not much in the way of immediate drama those expecting a ripping yarn should look somewhere else What we have is an assortment of protagonists who exist at some kind of remove from the society around them, either in a classic case of emotional distance or in a just a kind of dazed semi comic state of bafflement There s a guy waiting on a train platform with his wife, mulling over the affairs he s had with other woman a young boy sitting on a beach with his dog a guy having sex with his cleaning lady for no apparent reason a woman exploring the products on offer in a sex shop as if they were artefacts from a distant planet, dense with hidden meaning.Writing this now I notice that goodreads is offering me an if you liked this recommendation for Lydia Davis There s some interesting similarities between the two, and though Davis work is shorter even than Kennedy s stories here, they both have a certain idiosyncratic manner of writing which is as distinctive as a fingerprint And indeed everything in this book is written inor less the same style, which does rather show up the fact that the author has a predilection for the italicised thought bubble and an addiction to the dramatic carriage return the thrill of the concrete poet at all that white space on the printed page but whatever It s a style I enjoy It s careful and articulate, detailed in its depiction of an individual s state of mind at any given moment It works best when it tends towards the discursive and analytical, and though it s weaker when it strays towards stark fragmented declarations, its not a weakness I can hold against it It s the kind of writing I could read forever, and I do look forward to readingby this author in the future

  6. says:

    What a treat, twelve stories about love by the inimitable AL Kennedy Love looking for it, losing it, exploring what love is Instead of describing the stories, I want to celebrate her writing The way she tells us so much in just one or two sentences Late in Life features an older couple waiting They are waiting in a queue at the building society, waiting for him to pay off her mortgage, in a coming together of two lives She provocatively eats a fig, being sexy for him to pass the time What a treat, twelve stories about love by the inimitable AL Kennedy Love looking for it, losing it, exploring what love is Instead of describing the stories, I want to celebrate her writing The way she tells us so much in just one or two sentences Late in Life features an older couple waiting They are waiting in a queue at the building society, waiting for him to pay off her mortgage, in a coming together of two lives She provocatively eats a fig, being sexy for him to pass the time Despite his hatred of public show, he watches her, he is now and then watching He gives her the quiet rise of what would be a smile if he allowed it She knows this because she knows him and his habits and the way the colour in his eyes can deepen when he s glad, can be nearly purple with feeling glad when nothing else about him shows a heat of any kind In The Practice of Mercy , Dorothy is lost, alone and approaching old age and contemplating her relationship She realised once , kept realising, as if the information wouldn t stick, realised again how likely it was that someone you d given the opening of leaving, someone you d said was free to go, that someone might not discover a way to come back All the Rage is set on a train platform A couple are delayed, travelling home from Wales, stuck waiting for a train that never comes Kennedy tells us everything about their relationship by describing their suitcase Inside it, their belongings didn t mix his shirts and underpants in a tangle, Pauline s laundry compressed into subsidiary containments They had separate sponge bags too Got to keep those toothbrushes apart Simon, the narrator of Run Catch Run , considers his unnamed dog, he is at once a child teaching his puppy and also an adult with a mature awareness of inevitability His dad had suggested she could be called Pat, which was a joke Pat the dog Simon didn t want to make his dog a joke She shows us so much, in so few sentences

  7. says:

    I have just started reading A.L Kennedy s books and I can say with guarantee that I will not stop at two The first one I read was, The Blue Book which left me speechless and breathless The second one which I have just finished reading is, All the Rage a collection of short stories by her and this one according to me was better than the novel for sure More so, because I have this soft corner for short stories The stories are burning with passion and yet so subtle that the words will I have just started reading A.L Kennedy s books and I can say with guarantee that I will not stop at two The first one I read was, The Blue Book which left me speechless and breathless The second one which I have just finished reading is, All the Rage a collection of short stories by her and this one according to me was better than the novel for sure More so, because I have this soft corner for short stories The stories are burning with passion and yet so subtle that the words will break your heart There is sex, there is this all consuming rage and then there are moments of peace and wonder A.L Kennedy manages to fit in everything and the collection sure has a great punch to it as well The title story is about a marriage falling apart at a railway station waiting for the train to arrive My favourite was the story about a woman who has seemed to have lost it all and walks through the aisle of a sex emporium with an electric penis in her hand A middle aged woman goes into town with her older lover, who will pay her debt and then move in with her It is beautiful I mean the power of words which Kennedy uses here is something else You only have to read it to believe what a writer can be capable of A.L Kennedy s stories make you sit up and perhaps make you also want to be in those situations That is the way she writes expecting or rather demanding the full attention of the reader another level of involvement altogether and nothing less than that There are times of comedy There are times of tragedy It is almost the author s style of writing is dichotomist and she takes great pride in that as well The stories are about brief, damaged loves In every story of the twelve that she has written that is the underline theme All the Rage is a collection that will make you look at love a little differently and maybe it will be worth it

  8. says:

    Love the first two stories, then got tired no matter what time of day I was reading and just wanted it to be over.To be fair, had I spread this book out over a period of time, I m sure I would have had apositive reaction to these stories, which are so full of beautiful prose Too many of them followed the model of 1 I m not going to tell you what this story is about 2 But you will require clues, so I am going to catalog a bunch of dour details and negative emotions 3 I m using second Love the first two stories, then got tired no matter what time of day I was reading and just wanted it to be over.To be fair, had I spread this book out over a period of time, I m sure I would have had apositive reaction to these stories, which are so full of beautiful prose Too many of them followed the model of 1 I m not going to tell you what this story is about 2 But you will require clues, so I am going to catalog a bunch of dour details and negative emotions 3 I m using second person narration, ARE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE YET 4 BIG REVEAL So maybe I should read one of her novels, because she is clearly a major talent, but I am not keen on her use of this form

  9. says:

    Don t read these stories when you re already down or on your way there They are beautifully told and moving, but they are sad A L Kennedy has an uncanny ability to make her characters come to life with all their quirks and pain and especially, which seems the main focus of this collection, their inability to talk and listen to each other, to really connect Which is true and very lifelike, in a way, but call me an incurable optimist just one side of the coin.

  10. says:

    This is the first time I read the author It was apparent from the first short story that she is a master at crafting words However, her precise observations interleaved with the characters internal monologue offered too much distraction during the reading, and for that reason, I didn t enjoy the first couple of stories and couldn t develop an appetite for reading the rest of the book.

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