Bear and His Daughter

Bear and His Daughter The stories collected in Bear and His Daughter span nearly thirty years to the present and they explore acutely and powerfully the humanity that unites us In Miserere a widowed librarian with

  • Title: Bear and His Daughter
  • Author: RobertStone
  • ISBN: 9780395901342
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • The stories collected in Bear and His Daughter span nearly thirty years 1969 to the present and they explore, acutely and powerfully, the humanity that unites us In Miserere, a widowed librarian with an unspeakable secret undertakes an unusual and grisly role in the anti abortion crusade Under the Pitons is the harrowing story of a reluctant participant in a drugThe stories collected in Bear and His Daughter span nearly thirty years 1969 to the present and they explore, acutely and powerfully, the humanity that unites us In Miserere, a widowed librarian with an unspeakable secret undertakes an unusual and grisly role in the anti abortion crusade Under the Pitons is the harrowing story of a reluctant participant in a drug running scheme and the grim and unexpected consequences of his involvement The title story is a riveting account of the tangled lines that weave together the relationship of a father and his grown daughter.

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    1. RobertStone

      ROBERT STONE was the author of seven novels A Hall of Mirrors, Dog Soldiers winner of the National Book Award , A Flag for Sunrise, Children of Light, Outerbridge Reach, Damascus Gate, and Bay of Souls His story collection, Bear and His Daughter, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and his memoir, Prime Green, was published in 2006 His work was typically characterized by psychological complexity, political concerns, and dark humor.A lifelong adventurer who in his 20s befriended Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, and what he called all those crazies of the counterculture, Mr Stone had a fateful affinity for outsiders, especially those who brought hard times on themselves Starting with the 1966 novel A Hall of Mirrors, Mr Stone set his stories everywhere from the American South to the Far East He was a master of making art out of his character s follies, whether the adulterous teacher in Death of the Black Haired Girl, the fraudulent seafarer in Outerbridge Reach, or the besieged journalist in Dog Soldiers, winner of the National Book Award in 1975.

    852 thoughts on “Bear and His Daughter”

    1. It's a miracle, a book actually worth owning. After following a worthy discussion of "Helping" on Constant Reader, I borrowed this collection in which it's included from the library and read it. I don't think I'll be able to read all his stories just now because they do contain more than many novels even attempt to, so I'll get my own copy and keep it on hand for when I'm ready again. Bless Stone for appreciating and respecting the short story. No, it is not a means to an end, to pay the bills a [...]


    2. I took my time reading these, which kind of suggests that I never felt driven to finish the collection right away. I didn’t always like how some of the stories were resolved (for example, “Aquarius Obscured”), but compensation is always available with Stone, since his writing is as crafted as anyone in the business. He’s one of those writers who I’ll read just for the language. There were two stories in particular that stood out, and could easily be slotted into any “Best of” antho [...]


    3. For many years, Stone's only collection of short stories. Intense! He is especially the master of the multi-character dialogue scene. Nobody does it like him--If I had to pick one writer to call the best living American author? Stone, Stone Stone. These short stories give you the essence. Then read Dog Soldiers. Then Children of Light (love that book). I've just learned there's a 2010 collection which I can't wait to try.


    4. Noteworthy/memorable:Under the Pitons is still possibly the best short story I've ever read. Stone has said that he learned not to throw the conflict in the plot in too early or too late, but in this work he weaves it in masterfully until, like the characters, paranoia sets in and you don't know where the true threat is until it's too late. The emotion is palpable, as is the pessimistic and wry despair of the main character, whose ultimate resignation to his fate smacks of the black humor which [...]


    5. 'Under the Pitons' is a great story and the others aren't bad either.Ah, just come across this in my 1999 notebook, and it triggers a spoiler alert I think:Stoned, paranoid and violent people. The atrocious beating given out by the hero of 'Absence of Mercy'; the man shooting the skier and perhaps his partner; the anti-abortionists collecting fetuses (sic) as evidence. Strong stuffter in the notebook Home on the last bus to Birmingham, readIng 'Under the Pitons' half drunk and happy as hell. Lov [...]


    6. I learned that sorrow, felt without mercy to one's illusions about one's character, is a soul cleanser. "Helping" and "Among the Pitons" are two amazing stories that any and every writer should read.


    7. there comes a point where one may tire of reading harrowing tales of tortured geniuses dabbing crystal on their gums and taking aim at the world




    8. This collection of short stories is very good. “Under the Pitons” is wonderfully evoked. It is a tough read, and a sort of hopelessness seeps into the story slowly as the plot unfolds. This is a dark story. Similarly, “Helping” is a bleak story of a recovering alcoholic. It starts in a way that almost describes the mood of the whole collection: “The wet streets seemed cold and lonely. He sensed a broken promise in the city’s elegance and verve. Old hopes tormented him like phantom li [...]


    9. No one writes about the horrifying depravity, the powerlessness and unmanageability, of drug and alcohol addition quite like Robert Stone. If you're looking for desperate characters, leading wrecked and miserable lives, trying to outrun, outdrink, outsnort, or outsmoke the fate looming just over the hazy horizon, this is the book for you. All seven stories are great in their own twisted way, but my favorite was Under the Pitons, because I love a good story about drug running amateurs caught out [...]


    10. These are brutally grim, excellent stories. Apparently, according to Robert Stone, everything will not be alright.


    11. I hadn't heard of Robert Stone until someone sent me this book. I liked some of the stories. I didn't finish the one about the volcano.


    12. Robert Stone's tapestry of stark, stirring short stories is woven taught with desperate, dangerous characters doing self-destructive things during their own existential quests. Drug abuse, alcoholism, wholly unholy relationships, sex, and many other issues are dissected here, but these topics are always handled in a way that is new, unusual, and refreshing. A woman takes it upon herself to give aborted fetuses a Catholic burial; a crystal meth addict dreams of seducing her alcoholic father; drug [...]


    13. Not so much a review as "some comments". I read a fair number of these stories when they were published on their own. I really wish they had included date of publication at the end or on the copyright page. Written over a nearly 30 year period, when each occurred in his writing career would have helped. Some are obviously from earlier in his life and somewhat autobiographical. Once my favorite author, I find myself going back and reading his work since his recent death. I am not a big short stor [...]


    14. "helping" is definitely a masterpiece and the sole reason to purchase this book if you're going to buy it (i got it from the library). "under the pitons," though a bit of a slog in the beginning, definitely takes off in a wonderful way that justifies the means. i also found myself moved by "absence of mercy" and "aquarius obscured," for very different reasons. criticisms of stone are all valid. after a while, you do get exhausted by all of these self-destructive addict characters. (by the time y [...]


    15. I crawled back and forth over these seven stories. I tried to understand how Stone got so much into so little space. I couldn't. In the space of five or six sentences he'd give the reader character depth, the conflict, and a beautiful, brief casual sentence of setting. As much as I wanted to stop and ponder his technique I would already be captured by his narrative pull.I read and reread the GR reviews. I marveled how readers could pick one or two favorites. It was like, I imagine, picking a fav [...]


    16. "…He wished no harm to any creature.Then he thought of himself wishing no harm to any creature and began to feel fond and sorry for himself. As soon as he grew aware of the emotion he was indulging, he suppressed it. Pissing and moaning, mourning and weeping, that was the nature of the drug."the drug is alcohol but stone knows the nature of many drugs and he uses that knowledge to great realistic and metaphoric benefit. he chronicles what many in my generation regret but he nails what humans h [...]


    17. I am a fan of Robert Stone, I really am, but his art works best in the novel form. All of these stories get real intense right away, fueled by the usual Stone=characters' proclivity to addictive, self-destructive behavior, and it gets to be a little over the top. Sort of like an inverse best-of-Bruckner collection, including only the biggest crescendos. And while the novels allow time to get to know the characters and to see the seeds of redemption in their hard falls, that is missing here. But [...]


    18. I’ll keep this brief. Robert Stone is certainly a gifted writer. His stories on the whole didn’t appeal to me. It wasn’t that I was offended, though many readers might find certain stories a bit hard to stomach. It was simply that the works didn’t resonate with me. Outside of a few passages that sparkled, on the whole I was underwhelmed. Maybe his strength is novels and not short stories. And maybe this collection suffered in my mind since I read it immediately after a collection of Alic [...]


    19. Okay, so the first couple stories I wasn't so into, but I kept going because so many writers I admire are always going on about Robert Stone's short fiction. And I'm glad I did, because suddenly the book picked up steam, and the last few stories were pretty amazing -- "Helping" and "Under the Pitons," and especially the title story. There's a confidence to the writing that's pretty damn impressive, and which carries some pretty long, sometimes meandering stories.


    20. May was short story month, therefore I had to read at least one collection, right? Decided to go with Robert Stone, since I do own most of his work, yet had not read any to date. Bear and His Daughter was good; but just that, 'good'. Didn't blow me away, yet it did give me an insight into Robert Stone and I do not hesitate to read more. My favorite was the title story, although disturbing it was 'great'.


    21. In "Miserere," Mary Urquhart, a widow who lost her own children in a terrible accident, now assuages her guilt by taking responsibility for the souls of the unborn. In "Under the Pitons, " the reluctant Blessington finds himself caught up in the grim aftermath of a drug-running scheme, while in "Porque No Tiene, Porque Le Falta" a hike up the side of a Mexican volcano brings about eruptions in the personal lives of ex-patriot Fletch and his companions.


    22. A compelling writer, Stone’s novels have always topped my list of favorites headed by Damascus Road and Dog Soldiers. I hadn’t read his short stories, but they are just as masterly. Bear and His Daughter, the title story, is a tour de force. I also liked Under the Pitons, plus all the rest. Sadly, Stone died recently, leaving too few books behind.


    23. A very good collection of short stories by a fantastic novelist. Aquarius Obscured is a weak addition to an otherwise superb group of stories. The blurb on the cover comparing these stories to something by Carver (though much longer) is spot on. If I didn't know it was Stone, I would easily have put these stories in the modern Northwest tradition--stark, brutal, with a harsh edge to their humor.


    24. Read this cause Dog Soldiers made a pretty interesting impression on. Great line-level writing in a lot of this. Part of what propels Stone's stuff is that the people in them are capable of _any_ damn thing--not in the superhero sense--but like unhinged without losing a grip on their humanness, lived reality, and the presence of some version of god.


    25. I read "Helping" years ago so when I saw this collection at Kaboom in Houston I thought, sure, why not? I could not put this book down. I am haunted by the disturbing images and no-holds-barred depiction of characters. For those who whine about stories about "poets ad professors," i challenge you to read the title story. This collection is a new favorite.


    26. Every story was so vivid, engaging, and outrageous. The language smart and fresh. The dialogue insanely good. Riveting. I was least impressed with the title story until I finished it and then I had to immediately re read it, amazing. The characters are so flawed and unique and drunk and stoned. Gotta love em.


    27. I only read about half of the stories. I don't have any understanding of the drug scene and I do not know why people would deliberately take crack or meth, so I had no sympathy and, quite frankly, no desire to read about this disgusting segment of society.


    28. I read this in graduate school and wanted to re-read upon Stone's death this year. "Under the Pitons" is a mastery of tension and "Helping" is possibly a perfect story. Mental note to re-read this annually.


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