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On of the complications of divorced families grown up daughters estranged sisters office friendships or fleeting love affairs t Not as good as Yates other collection Eleven Kinds of Loneliness but still great reading The stories in this collection are all about relationships that fizzle out and die I love this guy s writing style and his characters are always interesting The Ronin in this collection are all about relationships that fizzle out and die I love this guy s writing style and his characters are always Rockonomics interesting

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Liars in Love

He pieces in this collection showcase Richard Yates's extraordinary gift for observation and his understanding of human frailty 2012The number of themes Yates uses is rather limited but he knows what he s doing with them The people in his stories are always such messes and there s never any hope and the love is never happy and nobody is ever satisfied And although the stories tend to blend together a bit after a while it s all rather brilliant Saying Goodbye to Sally and Liars in Love were my favourites I think

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The stories in Liars in Love are concerned with troubled relations and the elusive nature of truth Whether it be in the depicti I feel like climbing up to a rooftop and shouting into a very loud microphone READ RICHARD YATES I would of course get stared at and cursed at and my appeal would probably have the precisely opposite effect on anyone who heard it So alas I am left to try and muddle through my mind and work out just why it is that I think this brilliant author is uite so brilliant It struck me with Liars in Love that reading him is something akin to therapy not because he makes you laugh he doesn t although please tell me if you find otherwise but because you feel he understands people and therefore understands you And as a female reading an author whose protagonists are predominantly male this is surprising Though the women in these stories may occupy less page time than the men their emotions and desires and the intricacies of their behaviors are captured with no less sensitivity and nuance The criticism of some that Yates just revisits the same material over and over again is not an unfair one Diversity of theme is a claim that could never be made of him and these seven stories are filled with all the loneliness misunderstanding and relationships once full of promise that ultimately go nowhere that one would expect Yet than his previous collection so too does Liars in Love reflect a preoccupation with childhood and one can t help but feel that Yates is reaching back into his own past to look at the ways in which the adults around him made an impact One such story is Trying Out for the Race a depression era tale in which two divorced mothers and their children move in together as a way to pool their resources Full of tender observations of the forced coming together of strangers under one roof and the relationships so different from each other between the children and their mothers this is a favorite for me The titular story too which visits the recognisable Yatesian themes of marriage gone awry and blind hurried love also stands out But in all of them each character from the main to the very minor is wraught so finely and with such seeming ease that despite the common thread running like a pulse through them all the stories are distinct from each other and grip the reader in their own individual way


10 thoughts on “Liars in Love

  1. says:

    As a fan of the short story one thing I find absolutely paramount is the importance of character's being set up and closely observed in as litt

  2. says:

    It took a second Yates book for me to realise this man writes about the impossibility of two things unconditional love and acceptable real estate

  3. says:

    I feel like climbing up to a rooftop and shouting into a very loud microphone “READ RICHARD YATES” I would of course get stared at and cursed at and my appeal would probably have the precisely opposite effect on anyone who heard i

  4. says:

    Not as good as Yates' other collection Eleven Kinds of Loneliness but still great reading The stories in this collection are all about relationships that fizzle out and die I love this guy's writing style and his characters are always interesting

  5. says:

    Every short story is a jewel finely chiseled and precious its luster almost vulnerable Richard Yeats at his best his crisp style offset by a soothing delineation of passion sadness melancholy and tenderness The warped and twisted frailties of human beings emerge at every point but there is no over riding sentiment hereThe

  6. says:

    Am I officially burned out on Yates Perhaps This couldn't get much than a 'meh' out of me mainly because the stories seem like re runs of other storiesnovels by Yates Sculptress mother Check Cowardly soldier Check TB Check Middle class suburban life Check Alimony Divorce Creative writing Soul crushing Check by four Also odd is how much these stories fly in the face of all advice given to short story writers Most of them

  7. says:

    2012The number of themes Yates uses is rather limited but he knows what he's doing with them The people in his stories are

  8. says:

    As always Richard Yates elouently reminds us just how miserable relationships can make us

  9. says:

    I love me some Richard Yates

  10. says:

    The first half of stories I liked less than the second half But I think the title story and the whole second half is some of my favorite writing

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