Phone Rings

Phone Rings A shocking phone call in the first sentence sparks a soaring tour de force saga by two time National Book Award nominee Stephen Dixon It is the tale of two brothers years apart in age who have becom

  • Title: Phone Rings
  • Author: Stephen Dixon
  • ISBN: 9780976140788
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • A shocking phone call in the first sentence sparks a soaring tour de force saga by two time National Book Award nominee Stephen Dixon.It is the tale of two brothers, years apart in age, who have become close late in life But the freakish death of one at the book s outset sends the other reeling into a shattered yet strangely exhilarating re visitation of their lives togetA shocking phone call in the first sentence sparks a soaring tour de force saga by two time National Book Award nominee Stephen Dixon.It is the tale of two brothers, years apart in age, who have become close late in life But the freakish death of one at the book s outset sends the other reeling into a shattered yet strangely exhilarating re visitation of their lives together.Phone Rings is the work of a master at the peak of his form a beautiful overlapping of scenes both remembered and ongoing, told with tenderness and an antic, laugh out loud sense of humor In Dixon s inimitable mix of absorbing narrative, deceptively simple prose and waggishly innovative style, it becomes the sprawling chronicle of a large Jewish family in mid century New York City, surviving three wars, the 60s cultural revolution, marriages, divorces, births and deaths is it all lost with the piercing sound of a ringing phone Or is that the chance to realize the possibility of transcendence Stephen Dixon has long been considered the secret master of American fiction by great writers such as Jonathan Lethem In this book, he may well have written his masterpiece.

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    About "Stephen Dixon"

    1. Stephen Dixon

      Stephen Dixon is the author of fifteen novels and fourteen short story collections and has published hundreds of stories in an incredible list of literary journals Dixon has been nominated for the National Book Award twice, in 1991 for Frog and in 1995 for Interstate and his writing has also earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy Institute of Arts and Letters Prize for Fiction, the O Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize.

    977 thoughts on “Phone Rings”

    1. I read part of _Interstate_, also by Dixon, a few years ago and was enthralled before I threw it down because it was too painful in the way it kept going over the same traumatic scene of a father watching helplessly as his daughter is murdered in front of him. There was a looping of time in that book I found bracingly cool, but too much for me at the same time, because I needed to be able to move on from that introductory horror._Phone Rings_ is obsessed with the same kind of eternal return, thi [...]


    2. Just a great story. It's about a man and his relationship with his older brother and his family and early life. A simply but wonderfully told story.


    3. Though there were things that I liked about this much heralded book, overall it was a big disappointment. Dixon is a prolific writer and this is the first book of his which I've read. It begins when the phone rings and Stu gets the news that his older brother has died. What follows is a sort of stream of conscious memory piece, as Stu thinks back over his life with his brother (and his parents, siblings, etc). I very much liked Dixon's inventive use of time. But the characters are unrealistic, u [...]


    4. I've not finished this book yet but lemme tell you- all the gimmickry in the writing is just a load of crap.All these Literary devices - this book is riddled with them. Like starting all the first 5 chapters with the sentence "Phone rings'.And then from that point on the story is so tangled up that we have to pray that at a certain point an adult will step in and tell us EXACTLY what the hell is going on. This kind of BS trickery is beyond irritating. It's downright pretentious and stupid. I mea [...]


    5. While I think the writing, story, etc. was great and the style was interesting - Overall just wasn't for me. Was a little hard to relate, as the main character is a 60-something-year-old man whose brother abruptly and tragically passes. Definitely found parts of it that I couldn't stop reading, but overall just was a bit slow for me.


    6. Dixon is a true American master, and Phone Rings is no exception. Dixon takes a phone call about the death of a brother and uses it to hang his incredible literary talents to illuminate the familial relationship. How are there only 8 people on all of Shelfari with this book. Why does Dixon remain a secret. Phenomenal. Read anything you can find by this man. Seriously.


    7. A remarkably personal story of one family, several grown up siblings, and specifically the connection between two brothers who communicate largely over the telephone. A bumpy ride of joy and sorrow - siblings remembering the past, slogging through in the present and looking to the future in very different ways. It sucked me in from start to finish.


    8. I love Stephen Dixon but he needs an editor. This could have been cut by 100 pages. But I love him just the same.


    9. "Stephen Dixon is one of the great secret masters" -- Jonathan Lethem“a hip Saul Bellow” -- Publishers Weekly


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