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Overview A debut collection of short stories presents a compelling cast of characters who struggle with inconvenient revelations, from the deserts of Egypt to the side of Interstate 5.
How We Are Hungry is a gripping, lyrical, and always intensely soulful group of stories written over the past four years. Though they range from a doomed Irish setter's tales of running and jumping ("After I Was Thrown in the River and Before I Drowned") to a bitterly comic meditation on suicide and friendship ("Climbing to the Window, Pretending to Dance"), the stories share a haunting and haunted sense of mortality. Though full of bursts of levity and humor, the book is deeply informed by the troubled times in which it was written. How We Are Hungry includes many never-before-published stories, along with a number of pieces that first appeared in magazines, both well known (Zoetrope, The New Yorker) and small and independent (h2s04, Ninth Letter). All previously published stories have been significantly revised. The urgency and experimentalism of Eggers's earlier work are still present, but are brought to a new level of precision and craft, injecting fresh life into traditional forms. Narratives are often linear, told by distinct and varied voices, and settings stretch from Egypt to Interstate 5.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.96 lbs.
Release Date Oct 26, 2004
ISBN 1932416137 ISBN13 9781932416138
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More About Dave Eggers
Dave Eggers grew up near Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine, The Believer. McSweeney's publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. In 2002, he cofounded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit youth writing and tutoring center in San Francisco's Mission District. Sister centers have since opened in seven other American cities under the umbrella of 826 National, and like-minded centers have opened in Dublin, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Birmingham, Alabama, among other locations. His work has been nominated for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, France's Prix Medicis, Germany's Albatross Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the American Book Award. Eggers lives in Northern California with his family.
Dave Eggers currently resides in the state of California.
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Comparison Mar 21, 2008
This is an excellent collection of short stories. Compare lethal injection with stoning. Imagine a love relationship. The relationship makes everything brighter, more clear. It confers a sort of emancipation.
In one of the stories Rita is in Tanzania with a large purple backpack. She was supposed to travel with her sister Gwen, but Gwen became pregnant. Rita feels that she has always been tormented by Gwen's thoughtfulness. She is one of five paying hikers in the climbing party among numerous porters. She climbs to the top and descends successfully.
Very human and subtly beautiful Jan 14, 2008
Dave Eggers has a way of capturing the most simplistically beautiful moments of human existence and conveying them masterfully and subtly through his writing, so that when you read his work you feel elated and inspired without knowing exactly why, much as when these simple, beautiful moments occur in life. When we get caught up in a moment of emotion, when we lose control and overcome our social inhibitions and truly experience the beauty of life - these moments, these feelings are at the core of Eggers's work. The stories in this book capture different moments such as these, and while if read one at a time and apart from each other they convey somewhat anecdotal experiences, together they form a beautiful painting of life in all its purest moments. After closing this book, I felt as if I gained something. On the downside, however, a few of the stories really aren't worth much on their own, particularly the first in the collection, "Another," which may turn new readers away. I'm not sure if I would be as dissatisfied with it if it appeared later in the collection, however, because after reading a number of these stories you begin to gain a feeling for the picture each collectively convey, whether they work alone or not. On the other hand, some of the stories do work apart from the others, particularly "Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly," "Climbing to the Window, Pretending to Dance" and "Quiet." In other words, I can appreciate the aforementioned stories as works in and of themselves, while others, "Another" and "What It Means..." for example, I can only truly appreciate as less significant parts of the collection as an entirety, ones that I am glad are there but would not particularly miss if they were left out. Taken together, the stories have a definite flow to them, and reading this book is truly a worthwhile experience - though some parts seem insignificant or anecdotal at first, together they form something very human and subtly beautiful.
A fine collection Aug 17, 2007
I have been reading a lot of what I think is undue criticism about Dave Eggers How We Are Hungry. Though I can agree with many points, the fact still remains that Eggers is an exciting and wildly talented writer. The stories "Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly" and "After I was Thrown in the River but Before I Drowned" are both masterful and prove that Eggers can turn just about anything into an engaging, funny, and (often) heartbreaking narrative. However, the overall quality of this book is ultimately detracted by some of the weaker stories ("The Only Meaning of the Oil-Wet Water," "Quiet," and several of the shorter ones), yet this is not to suggest that this book isn't worth reading, or rewarding. It is. Yet, not unlike AHWOSG, this collection struggles through large sections that feel half-baked, and could do well to be edited out ("Real World" self interview, anyone?) Recommended.
Gasp, Literature?! May 10, 2007
Dave eggers is easily one of the most approachable authors alive today. Filled with wit and humor, it is likely any infrequent reader would fall in love with him. However, underneath this vail of seducing the illiterate, is an author who crafts stories so original and beautiful and full of meaning, that I'm convinced everyone would love his work, and this book specifically. That said, "After I Was Thrown in the River and Before I Drowned" is, to me, one of the best short stories I have ever come across. It has everyhting a good story needs, and though maybe not ALL the stories in here are for everyone, surely people will find a story they love and identify so strongly with, as I have.
Brimming With Form and Substance Mar 27, 2007
This short story collection by Dave Eggers was hit or miss for me. Never a traditionalist, Eggers makes sure that each and every one of his stories is original and unusual in some facet or another. At times, this method works brilliantly; however, sometimes it also gets irksome.
Don't mistake me, I'm all for experimental writing. It's just that story after story of it got old. I don't blame the author for this. I was largely unfamiliar with Eggers' work and wanted to give him a try. In my mind, he simply isn't a writer to curl up with in order to relax, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
There were a few stories in this collection that I truly enjoyed and found masterful. "Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly" was one such story. Practically a novella, this story makes up the bulk of the collection and the price of the entire book is worth this one story alone.
All in all, if you're looking for a page-turner to get lost in, this isn't for you. But, if you're looking to study the form and substance of a work of original literature, Eggers will please.
~Scott William Foley, author of The Imagination's Provocation: Volume II: A Collection of Short Stories