Men Under Water

by Ralph Lombreglia | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0671732609 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Azuki of Miami, Florida USA on 11/2/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by Azuki from Miami, Florida USA on Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Purchased at Miami's library book sale for BookCrossing. Sounds interesting but I have way too many books to read and not sure this is my type of read.

Some of the stories in Lombreglia's new collection have appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic, and The Best American Short Stories in 1987 and 1988. Lombreglia has considerable talent for making the improbable seem inevitable.

A standout among the nine stories in this first collection is the prize-winning "Inn Essence," named for a curious restaurant where a group of Thai waiters experiences some of the byways of American society. The narrator, a young American salad chef, follows the manic behavior of the restaurant owner, a would-be philosopher, as he, his mistress and the vulnerable Thais suddenly reverse roles when a visit from immigration inspectors forces them into a comic "only in America" alliance. A wry and imaginative comedic vein runs through many tales. In "Purification" a fishing trip taken by an unfulfilled artist and an expectant father becomes a metaphor for life. "Museum of Love" offers a brilliant send-up of modern culture in a trendy curator's frenzy to create "the Historical House Museum, an eco-museum, the French would call it--whatever's there when you find it." Original, at times whimsical, the stories are deft and biting entertainment.

Journal Entry 2 by Azuki at Village Bakery in Mui Wo, Lantau Island Hong Kong on Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Released 2 mos ago (11/11/2022 UTC) at Village Bakery in Mui Wo, Lantau Island Hong Kong


Visiting Mui Wo since my high school days? Glad to meeet up with BC friends and check out the BookCrossing Zone in the bakery.

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