Samuel Johnson Is Indignant by Lydia Davis

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From one of our most imaginative and inventive writers, a crystalline collection of perfectly modulated, sometimes harrowing and often hilarious investigations into the multifaceted ways in which human beings perceive each other and themselves. A couple suspects their friends think them boring; a woman resolves to see herself as nothing but then concludes she's set too high a goal; and a funeral home receives a letter rebuking it for linguistic errors. Lydia Davis once again proves in the words of the Los Angeles Times "one of the quiet giants in the world of American fiction."


About Lydia Davis

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Lydia Davis is the author of the story collections Almost No Memory (Picador, 2001) and Break it Down, and the novel The End of the Story. She has won the Guggenheim, the Lannan Foundation Award, the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Award and a Chevalier from the French government.
Published September 1, 2002 by Picador. 220 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Fiction

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From an earlier period of Davis’s writing come stories with an eastern European flair and Kafkaesque quality: “In a Northern Country” describes a frail old man who journeys in search of his missing brother to a remote village where, surrounded by fearful strangers, he becomes sickened to the poin...

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nor is the thought that a happy memory ''can be erased if you do the same thing on another day and you are not happy.'' By choosing generic, therefore universal, examples of memories and carefully pacing off the implications of her speculations -- If I am playing a board game with people close to...

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Relationships are probed in stories ranging from "Old Mother and the Grouch," with its fancifully imagined characters, to the brief "Finances," which gives voice to the messy issue of domestic equality.

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