[´ Man V. Nature || ✓ PDF Read by ↠ Diane Cook] #2020

  • Title: Man V. Nature
  • Author: Diane Cook
  • ISBN: 9780062333124
  • Page: 273
  • Format: ebook

  • Man V. Nature By Diane Cook A refreshingly imaginative, daring debut collection of stories that illuminates with audacious wit the complexity of human behavior, and the veneer of civilization over our darkest urges.Told with perfect rhythm and unyielding brutality, these stories expose unsuspecting men and women to the realities of nature, the primal instincts of man, and the dark humor and heartbreaA refreshingly imaginative, daring debut collection of stories that illuminates with audacious wit the complexity of human behavior, and the veneer of civilization over our darkest urges.Told with perfect rhythm and unyielding brutality, these stories expose unsuspecting men and women to the realities of nature, the primal instincts of man, and the dark humor and heartbreak of our struggle to not only thrive, but survive In Girl on Girl, a high school freshman goes to disturbing lengths to help an old friend An insatiable temptress pursues the one man she can t have in Meteorologist Dave Santana And in the title story, a long fraught friendship comes undone when three buddies get impossibly lost on a lake it is impossible to get lost on Below the quotidian surface of Diane Cook s worlds lurks an unexpected surreality that reveals our most curious, troubling, and bewildering behavior.Other stories explore situations pulled directly from the wild, imposing on human lives the danger, tension, and precariousness of the natural world a pack of not needed boys takes refuge in a murky forest where they compete against one another for their next meal an alpha male is pursued through city streets by murderous rivals and desirous women helpless newborns are snatched from their suburban yards by a man who stalks them Through these characters Cook asks What is at the root of our most heartless, selfish impulses Why are people drawn together in such messy, needful ways When the unexpected intrudes upon the routine, what do we discover about ourselves As entertaining as it is dangerous, this accomplished collection explores the boundary between the wild and the civilized, where nature acts as a catalyst for human drama and lays bare our vulnerabilities, fears, and desires.
    Diane Cook
    Diane Cook s fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Harper s Magazine, Granta, Tin House, Zoetrope All Story, Guernica, Salt Hill, and Redivider Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and on This American Life, where she worked as a radio producer for six years She earned an MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Teaching fellow She recently moved to Oakland, CA after a decade in Brooklyn.

    Man V. Nature By Diane Cook


    Haylea Huntsman
    After hearing the enthusiasm from our Harper Collins rep about this book of short stories, I snatched up an ARC and began reading it that day I highly recommend it for anyone who likes short stories While each story is unique, they all explore human behavior and examine how we interact with each other This book is entertaining, moving, and at times a bit scary, considering what it can make you realize about yourself and the people you encounter While reading several of the stories, I found mysel [...]

    An astonishing collection that demands discussion Grab some fellow bookworms who enjoy short stories, who enjoy a surreal read that is also grounded in reality, and who don t mind getting a little creeped out and uncomfortable because you are going to want to talk and talk about these stories More of my thoughts on this title can be found on my blog at A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall.

    What a dark, crazy, sexy, uncomfortable, cool collection of stories Reminded me of Bender, Link, and Millhauser, but at the same time, wholly original.

    Annie Liontas
    I have been following Diane Cook since we published her in Salt Hill in 2012 as the winner of the Calvino Prize for her story Somebody s Baby, wherein a man has been stealing village babies for years In full disclosure, I was lucky enough to do an interview with Diane for Fanzine and I asked her to send me some artifacts of her process What she ultimately sent were photographs of beautiful landscapes and photographs of dead things This is true She sent me a picture of a severed deer hoof, anothe [...]

    So this is where we are George Saunders brought us here, and the short story in its popular form now exists in this place where our realistic emotions clash up against fantasy interruptive forces derived from social anxiety Ok Diane Cook has built a bunch of worlds here that exist in the same space as our own with slightly grotesque differences These stories are paranoid, brutal, hypersexual, and funny sometimes all of those things at once She sets up rules quickly there s a man who steals babie [...]

    Doug H
    I enjoyed every story in this collection, but my favorite was Meteorologist Dave Santana It s the most character driven, the least dependent on out there twists, the most comic, and the most satisfying to read in the sense that main character shows realistic growth by the end Most of the other stories are also good, especially if you like your fiction on the dystopic and or surreal side.

    The most visible thread in all the stories is how close to reality the humans act Their selfishness, their rationalisations, their brutal nature in the face of all things For that you could call this a peek into various psyches, but they re really all just our own.It s a collection you ll want to keep picking up again, and putting down because you don t want to rush through it You ll want to soak in each world and marvel at how horrible and desperate people are And resilient they can be Their wo [...]

    Cook s theme here is, of course, man versus nature, but within this theme the stories themselves run the gamut from man literally versus nature to man versus human nature and everything in between The interesting and unexpected thing about this collection is that most of the stories are set in post apocalyptic and even somewhat dystopian worlds Worlds in which spouses are assigned rather than chosen and children are determined to be necessary or not Worlds overcome by natural and unnatural force [...]

    3 parts Brothers Grimm 2 parts Twlight zone 1 part absurdist humour 1 very happy reader I think this is the first time I ve ever enjoyed every story in a short story collection Highly recommended.

    B. Rule
    3.75 5, but I ll round up Cook has a assured handle on her prose, which she applies to a welter of stories that at first seem disparate, but quickly resolve into a pattern Most are surrealist, some are acerbically funny, and all keep at least one eye trained on the brutal competition at the heart of man and the heart of nature She has a penchant for stories that read like blood soaked fairy tales or fables, where the symbolism or subtext bubbles just below the surface Some of the stories have sp [...]

    Emily Sorrells
    omg these stories are fabulous a few duds, of course, but all worth it for that last story

    I ve never really been a fan of short stories because they ve not had time to captivate me enough to like the story however Diane Cook s Man V Nature was something else.It was one hell of a ride with the most far out and fantastical stories I really believe that each story could be a basis for some very different Hollywood movies I think I enjoyed the last story the most because I actually craved of it and didn t want it to end The rest were great too but were the right length, I didn t feel th [...]

    Reeka (BoundbyWords)
    As seen on my blog BEST SHORT STORY COLLECTION I ve read all year I m still fairly new to the genre of short story fiction, but I m realizing that I ve already become picky about the ones I ll agree to read Man V Nature has definitely set the standard for me It was quirky, and dark, and completely raw with emotion It was the first time, in perhaps EVER, that I welcomed ambiguity with such open arms Short stories have a tendency to end on an annoyingly cryptic note, and for the life of me, I can [...]

    Chase Burke
    Quick reflections on Diane Cook s MAN V NATURE1 DC has a wickedly sharp imagination These stories are twisted and full of bent worlds and open oceans Death is everywhere, natural Dangers lurk in stairwells, underwater, in houses.2 DC writes the sort of joke that I want to write these dry, offhand remarks that are made even funnier by the macabre trappings of the stories.3 A story like It s Coming is gloriously violent without reveling in it And its ending its dismembering of synergistic blah bla [...]

    Timons Esaias
    I hadn t read Diane Cook before though I see that the title story of this collection is in the Best American Short Stories 2015 , but I was loaned this collection by a neighbor I m glad I did read this, as it reminded me that there is a market for mixed surreal speculative absurd fabulist stories I ve been sitting on some projects that didn t have a clear marketAnyway, Cook s imagination is both wicked and engaging I m thinking of her works as a combination of Kafka and Jane Austen, because the [...]

    This was a subpar collection While a few of the stories had merit there were no blockbusters and several that just did not work Moving On is a story about a futuristic society in which people must be paired up in order to function in society In this story a woman relates her experiences after her husband dies and she must go through the process of seeking a new mate The Way The End of Days Should be is narrated by a man, a successful man before whatever apocalyptic event has happened He lives by [...]

    Callum McLaughlin
    Definitely one of my favourite short story collections thus far, Cook has compiled a series of original stories that are each as interesting and enjoyable to read at face value as they are to examine further so we can draw parallels to our own world.Some of my favourites include a story about a community who simply accept the strange old man who stalks their homes and snatches newborn babies a story about a centre that prepares widows for remarriage a story about a group of abandoned young boys [...]

    Eric Sasson
    Deliciously dark, absurdist and fresh Best collection I ve read this year The stories are gutsy and twisted, all taking place in this rather horrifying world which Cook wisely presents as matter of fact, thereby allowing her to explore our darker impulses and obsessions If anything, this collection is about how people not only endure under bizarre, often cruel conditions, but how they remain essentially flawed throughout their ordeals The heroes of these tales are not heroic because they are nob [...]

    Drew McCutchen
    I really enjoyed Diane Cook s collection, and will wait hungrily for her next writing These stories cycle back and forth from reality to surrealism, blending humor and darkness masterfully Cook does a great job of dislocating the reader and her characters from logical reasoning before layering the reality of our existences back onto them, until they scream with real world experience and problems Between the raw and ridiculous, she finds the frequency of humanity I was hooked, am hooked, continue [...]

    Strikingly original stories that are extremely engaging and fun to read, set in different versions of our world some are dystopian, others are slightly distorted than ours Wisdom finds its way despite the bleak circumstances Diane Cook s prose is silky and smart, always bringing a fresh perspective on even the most mundane of things To quote Sam Lipsyte, Man V Nature could also be called Diane Cook V The Challenges of Writing Fresh, Invigorating Fiction in Our Age In the latter contest, Cook cru [...]

    Listened to a story from this collection, Flotsam, on Selected Shorts An odd story about a woman who finds bizarre assorted items of children s wear in her laundry, possibly related to her sexual encounters The print edition of this story can be found at this link redividerjournal flotsam The Selected Shorts podcast at this link feedproxy.google r Select

    I had high expectations for this book, based on the themes involved, and those expectations were surpassed I liked every story in this book very much and two of the stories will, I think, stay with me forever Just a stellar work, with interesting yet accessible language, fascinating tableaux, and so many of the themes I love to explore in books, with death and humor right there together at the top.

    Man v Nature is a unique collection of stories and I have to say I enjoyed each and every one The first story Moving On absolutely crushed me The way Cook blends the surreal with the everyday makes for some very entertaining stories, often dark and often brutally funny And sometimes downright freaky I m looking at you Somebody s Baby Man versus Mother nature is certainly a theme here, but it s in the stories where man battles human nature that things really get interesting.

    Things don t go well in these stories Most have sex and survival as their central themes, with a dash of the speculative thrown in Many have unnamed first person narrators of indeterminate sex There s a lot of loneliness and disappointment, and occasionally full blown flight from rampaging beasts Try a story like Marrying Up up on for size if it resonates, this is the book for you.

    A Reader
    I love short story collections and this is one of my favorites Most of the stories are uniquely post apocalyptic, a genre in which it s hard to find unique work The final story, The Not Needed Forest is stunning and invites the reader to re read it immediately, over and over, which I did 5 times back to back Truly an astonishing book.

    Wow What a debut a confident, terrifying, stunning book It s kafkaesque not like The Trial, but like In The Penal Colony It s like Cormac McCarthy, but set in a world cruel Like Hans Christian Andersen, but only the stuff that didn t make it to Disney.

    What a breath of fresh air amazing stories with a very distinguished writing style wonder Miranda July recommended itarp, real, sad, shocking, Great Great Great

    Jeremy Jetzon
    This is undoubtedly Cook at her acerbic best, or, at least better than that rambling, largely incoherent toast she delivered at Anjali s wedding back in 05.

    One of the most enjoyable story collections I ve read in a while Dark, absurd, surreal Recommended.

    Joachim Stoop
    4,5 stars

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