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America's best-selling story anthology, featuring guest editor John Updike. America's best-selling story anthology, featuring guest editor John Updike.


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America's best-selling story anthology, featuring guest editor John Updike. America's best-selling story anthology, featuring guest editor John Updike.

30 review for The Best American Short Stories 1984

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Keehr

    In the 1980s, I was on a short story kick. This was one of many collections I read during that period.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jakon Hays

    I’m letting out a deep sigh I as write this closing for “The Best American Short Stories 1984”. I had such high hopes for myself when I started this anthology. I felt that I would attack it and read through it with all the gusto as say…the John Gardner edited anthology. Perhaps I didn’t want to finish this collection. Honestly, the stories collected here by Updike were outstanding. Collected, I think I have enjoyed them the most of all the BASS I have read to this date. Of course, I did wonderful j I’m letting out a deep sigh I as write this closing for “The Best American Short Stories 1984”. I had such high hopes for myself when I started this anthology. I felt that I would attack it and read through it with all the gusto as say…the John Gardner edited anthology. Perhaps I didn’t want to finish this collection. Honestly, the stories collected here by Updike were outstanding. Collected, I think I have enjoyed them the most of all the BASS I have read to this date. Of course, I did wonderful job of throwing obstacles up in front of my progress. I read Ian Frazier’s rather large book - “Travels in Siberia” (absolutely wonderful). And reading this book pushed me into my Russian phase which caused me to start this new blog - http://sonandrussians.blogspot.com/ I’ve spent a good amount of time reading and writing about Tolstoy’s “Resurrection” as my first selection for that journal. So, in closing, here is the breakdown for BASS 1984 It took - 2 months 29 days or 12 weeks six days or 90 days or 64 week days Which works out to One story every 4.5 days. Gender profile of the anthology - 12 men and 8 women. Stories from representing certain magazines more than once. - 5 from The New Yorker, 2 from The Georgia review, 2 from The Greensboro Review. Goodbye John Updike and thanks for some great reads. Now…1985 is approaching quickly! http://yearsofbass.blogspot.com/2010/...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    A major improvement over Anne Tyler's editorial turn: almost uniformly top-notch work, and satisfyingly varied, too. My favorites, in rough order of preference: Donald Justice - "The Artificial Moonlight" (the standout for me) Paul Bowles - "In the Red Room" Mavis Gallant - "Lena" James Salter - "Foreign Shores" Madison Smartt Bell - "The Naked Lady" Lee K. Abbott - "The Final Proof of Fate and Circumstance" Joyce Carol Oates - "Nairobi" And a few honorable mentions: Cynthia Ozick - "Rosa" Wright Morris - A major improvement over Anne Tyler's editorial turn: almost uniformly top-notch work, and satisfyingly varied, too. My favorites, in rough order of preference: Donald Justice - "The Artificial Moonlight" (the standout for me) Paul Bowles - "In the Red Room" Mavis Gallant - "Lena" James Salter - "Foreign Shores" Madison Smartt Bell - "The Naked Lady" Lee K. Abbott - "The Final Proof of Fate and Circumstance" Joyce Carol Oates - "Nairobi" And a few honorable mentions: Cynthia Ozick - "Rosa" Wright Morris - "Glimpse into Another Country"

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rob McMonigal

    read in 2008

  5. 5 out of 5

    JimZ

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tonstant Weader

  7. 5 out of 5

    T.S.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Plasman Johan

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

  10. 5 out of 5

    Spence

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brent Watson

  12. 4 out of 5

    Larry Mitchell

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aimee Parkison

  14. 5 out of 5

    KristiCats

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul Vittay

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tamra Peterson

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tim Hawkins

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aubrey Moraif

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alice

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  23. 4 out of 5

    Abigail (42stitches)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jan Priddy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tom Seitzinger

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dori Sharp

  27. 5 out of 5

    April Lott

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sean Murphy

  30. 5 out of 5

    John

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