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The Torturer's Apprentice: Stories e-book

Author:

John Biguenet

Language:

English

Category:

Fiction

Subcategory:

Short Stories & Anthologies

ePub size:

1463 kb

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Rating:

4.3

Publisher:

Ecco; Reprint edition (February 19, 2002)

Pages:

192

ISBN:

0060007451

The Torturer's Apprentice: Stories e-book

by John Biguenet


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The torturer's apprentice : stories. This debut collection of stories by John Biguenet is as notable for the rigor of its intellect as for the sweep of its imagination. Whether recounting the predicament of an atheistic stigmatic in "The Vulgar Soul" or a medieval torturer who must employ his terrible skills upon his own apprentice in the title tale, these stories decline to settle for ready sentiments or easy assurances. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

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John Biguenet has published seven books, including Oyster, a novel, and The Torturer's Apprentice: Stories, released in the United States by Ecco/HarperCollins and widely translated.

John Biguenet's fiction has appeared in such publications as Esquire, Granta, Playboy, Story, and Zoetrope.

Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). John Biguenet's fiction has appeared in such publications as Esquire, Granta, Playboy, Story, and Zoetrope. The winner of an 0. Henry Award for short fiction, he lives in New Orleans. Ecco published his debut collection of stories, The Torturer's Apprentice, in 2001. Oyster is his first novel.

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JOHN BIGUENET HOME AGAIN After publishing the stories of The Torturer’s Apprentice, Biguenet seemed to refocus on his roots

JOHN BIGUENET HOME AGAIN After publishing the stories of The Torturer’s Apprentice, Biguenet seemed to refocus on his roots. In 2002, HarperCollins published his first novel, Oyster, an earthy tale of murder and intrigue among feuding families that plays out in the marshlands of South Louisiana. The novel hearkened to Biguenet’s past. Stunningly impressive. John Biguenet's The Torturer's Apprentice deserves the highest praise. This debut collection of stories by O. is a marvelously talented writer whose influences seem to be (if I may be so bold): Faulkner, Flaubert and Chekhov. And how huge a list is that? A superb collection from a fascinating writer. a showcase for an astonishing, occasionally daunting imagination. Minneapolis Star Tribune.

This brilliant debut collection of stories by O. Henry Award winner John Biguenet is as notable for the rigor of its intellect as for the sweep of its imagination. Whether recounting the predicament of an atheistic stigmatic in "The Vulgar Soul" or a medieval torturer who must employ his terrible skills upon his own apprentice in the title tale, these stories decline to settle for ready sentiments or easy assurances.

Rather than add to the massive canon of the victimized, for example, "My Slave" takes the perspective of the victimizer. In "The Open Curtain," a man achieves intimacy with his family only when he recognizes -- watching them dine as he sits in his car at the curb -- that he lives in a household of strangers. Menaced by a gang of skinheads in a Jewish cemetery, an American tourist in Germany placates the Neo-Nazis with a formula he continues to repeat even after he is safely back home in "I Am Not a Jew." And as for love, it makes demands in such stories as "Do Me" that shake our very notions of what it means to love.

If these stories engage the world in sometimes shocking ways, they are virtuoso engagements, eloquent in their prose, surprising in their plotting, sly in their humor. Biguenet shifts among voices and narrative strategies and imposes neither a single style nor a repeated structure as he depicts the ecological catastrophe of "A Plague of Toads," the problem posed by a ghost in the nursery in "Fatherhood," and the ghastly discovery a grieving widower defends as "another kind of memory" in "Rose."

Such mastery of craft may come as a surprise in a first-time author, but even more impressive is the object of his art. For whether it seeks to prick or to tickle, each story in The Torturer's Apprentice addresses its subject with an authority unusual in contemporary literature as it entices the reader beyond the boundaries of the expected and the accepted.


Rko
This is a brilliant book. Its title is "The Torturer's Apprentice." To the man who gave this book a two-star
review because it was too dark and depressing: just what the hell did you expect with a book titled "The
Torturer's Apprentice," the cover of which was covered with various instruments of torture? Did you think
it was going to be a walk in the summer rain? A picnic in Paris? A country club dance? Ah, humanity.

This is a brilliant book.
Bort
I went in blind for this book based on a recommendation somewhere.
Excellent collection of short stories by an author I was previously unaware of.
Well thought of eclectic plots revolving around human personality and condition.

Highly recommended.
Jediathain
This collection of short stories is one of my very favorite books of all time. The stories are engaging, interesting and each one is a journey. I can't possibly say enough good things about it.
Rleillin
Did not realize it was several short stories. Was more interested in Torturer's Apprentice.
Anayajurus
As a big fan of short stories, I'm constantly looking for new books and "The Torturer's Apprentice" kept showing up wherever I looked. The book has a near perfect 4 1/2 out of 5 stars rating, so I decided to take the plunge.

This is John Biguenet's first short story collection and he has since published a novel Oyster: A Novel, which I have not read.

This collection has 14 short stories, my favorites were -

"The Vulgar Soul" a man named Tom Hogue begins to bleed for no apparent reason. He gradually realizes that his wounds are remarkably like stigmata, and he becomes an object of inspiration for religious seekers, though he himself remains unmoved by his condition

"I Am Not a Jew," a cautionary tale, explores a man's unwilling self-examination after an encounter with Nazi skinheads in a Jewish cemetery

"A Plague of Toads" a man has proof that a town once existed as the capital of a country (unnamed), only to be overrun by a plague of toads and their toxic slime, the capital was then moved to another city, will anyone believe him

"Gregory's Fate" Gregory can transfrom into other things, animals, but each time he does, it takes longer & longer to return to his "original" form

"A Battlefield in Moonlight" the only survivor of a bloody battle wakes up among piles of dead men

"Do Me" a man can't belive it when his girlfriend wants him to hit her when making love, he later is the one saying "again"

"And Never Come Up" a father and son battle a near unstoppable force in a marsh near the Gulf when fishing, after thier boat runs out of gas

For fans of short stories, you'll find alot of enjoyment here.

Highly recommended!

Enjoy~
Auau
The notes on the jacket of this slim but impressive volume let the reader know that this is John Biguenet's first book of fiction -- I certainly hope it's not his last. These stories are incredible -- small miracles of creation, blossoming before the reader's eyes to reveal incredible depths for works so short.
Without accusing the author of being in the shadow of other writers, I am reminded in some places of the best works by Fuentes, Garcia-Marquez, Calvino and other authors who have shown themselves to be masters at creating a world on the printed page. Biguenet is capable of the same feats of creation, but in his own unique style -- it's wonderful to see a 'new' American author working on this level.
His characters live and breathe -- the worlds in which they live are there for us to experience by feel, smell, taste, touch and sound -- and the thoughts and emotions of the inhabitants of these created worlds are ours to know as well.
Every single work in this volume is a gem --- any of them alone would be worth the price of this book. If Mr. Biguenet can write short stories like this, I wonder what kind of novel he could write...? But only if he isn't tempted to give up work on the short form -- short story writers of this calibre are rare in today's America. I look forward to reading more of his carefully crafted writing.
Hap
Reading John Biguenet is truly a humbling experience. His magnificent command of language allows him to send his readers gliding smoothly, almost effortlessly, through story after story and yet, his narratives ultimately have a sledge hammer impact. You realize that the characters have become all too real as you accompany them on their journeys of awakening to the sharp, often bitter, realities of life. I can only echo reviewer Parker King's comparison of Biguenet to Somerset Maugham, for its aptness is quite undeniable. Both Biguenet and Maugham are easily accessible to readers with a calm, quiet style that belies the stunning aftershock that their stories imprint indelibly on each reader's psyche. As your tongue will constantly return to the jagged edges of a broken tooth, so too will your mind return to these stories, these characters, these scenarios and actions that seem so commonplace, yet so foreign. Stories such as "Rose," "Never Come Up," and the self-titled "The Torturer's Apprentice" seem to have gained the most attention, but each story in this wonderful collection is a jewel just waiting to be caressed and treasured for its own worth. From the lingering destructiveness of "I Am Not A Jew" to the shape-shifting surrender of "Do Me" to the blatant hopefulness of my personal favorite, "The Open Curtain," Biguenet has shared with his readers the blinding wonder of common worlds and everyday events. I bow to his genius and eagerly await more from this extraordinary talent. You owe it to yourself to savor this treat of a book!

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