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The Angel of the Garden Stories

by Scott Ely

  • ISBN: 9780826212115
  • ISBN10: 0826212115

The Angel of the Garden Stories

by Scott Ely

  • List Price: $19.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Missouri Pr
  • Publish date: 03/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780826212115
  • ISBN10: 0826212115
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Description: Loners of one sort or another populate Ely's fiction, from a young man discharged from the marines and working as a solitary gamekeeper to a Vietnam veteran turned professor who exchanges favorable grades for sexual favors from his students. Whatever their situations, these characters all feel a deep sense of loss and alienation from the world around them.

The Vietnam War is a major contributor to these feelings. Although the war is directly portrayed only once in the collection, it figures obliquely in most of the stories. Ely explores the war from a variety of perspectives -- a sniper whose concentration has been distracted by his thoughts of women, a veteran who lives with his mother in the Mississippi Delta and continually struggles with madness, and a talk radio announcer who is visited by a war acquaintance from North Vietnam. Regardless of the situation, each character struggles to overcome the effects of the war, using sex, literature, and even tennis to reach a "calm place."

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