p. Abstract | Text | Bibliography | Notes | References | About the author 1 The criticism on Bobbie Ann Mason’s fiction centers largely on the individual’s. “These stories will last,” said Raymond Carver of Shiloh and Other Stories when it was first published, and almost two decades later this Shiloh and Other Stories by Bobbie Ann Mason . “Mason is a full-fledged master of the short story. “These stories will last,” said Raymond Carver of Shiloh and Other Stories when it was first published, and almost two decades later this stunning.
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The couple got married because Norma Jean was pregnant.
Mason sjiloh expressed some ambivalence toward feminist examinations of her work. This theme dominates the sixteen pieces in Shiloh and Other Stories, her major work of fiction which was nominated for the National Book Award in Electronic reference Greg W.
Mason told Lila Havens in an interview that she is interested in male characters in the midst of cultural change. Both patterns are, of course, deeply entrenched in American history. In this story, in semirural Kentucky, now well on the way to being developed, a newly passive husband with a modern wife bovbie a ready-made log cabin will not fit into a suburban maze. She works at a Rexall drugstore, likes to lift weights, play the organ, and cook interesting meals.
She saves bread heels for the birds. For the psyche, fantasy possesses all the power and truth-value of actuality Silverman Leroy finally seems to realize that he has been maso only at the surface details of his marriage, not at the whole, complicated relationship. When shiooh arrive at the battleground, it is not what either of them has expected. Out of 14, homes in the county, 42 percent have been built since the s. From the first paragraph, as Norma Jean attempts to build herself up, Leroy attempts to build Norma Jean into the woman he thinks he married.
Leroy knows he is leaving out a lot. He is also a drug pusher who sholoh Leroy with drugs. On one visit she becomes enraged when she discovers Norma Jean smoking a cigarette. When Leroy discovers that there is a log cabin at Shiloh, he decides to take Norma Jean there.
It occurs to him that building a house out of logs is similarly empty—too simple. He wonders if they close their eyes when they fall.
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Fuol seems to be doing an exercise for her chest muscles. He is caught in the middle. Norma Jean now lifts weights, works at the Rexall cosmetics counter, and seems uncomfortable around her husband. Ironically, although Leroy notices that his hometown has changed, he is unable to see, or at least acknowledge, changes in his wife. She enters the mainstream, but in the process she begins to lose her culture and community.
From one of his craft kits Leroy has built a model log cabin. She also must cope with a domineering mother, Mabel, who spends a lot of time with Norma Jean: There is tetx to the analogy, however, than Leroy realizes.
After his truck accident, Leroy stays at home, smokes marijuana, and makes things from craft kits. Leroy is, like the rig, a random insignificant detail, a useless piece of old furniture.
Henning argues that such stories require a special kind of reading. When she tells Leroy she wants to leave him, she rejects not only Leroy but also the tradition of marriage. She used to go to bed with the chickens. Maaon statistics point to shifting cultural patterns. Full text PDF Send by e-mail.