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The Playboy Book of Short Stories : The Best of Forty Years of Short Fiction

Turner, Alice K

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ISBN 10: 1857022033 / ISBN 13: 9781857022032
Verlag: Fourth Estate, London, 1994
Gebraucht Zustand: Good Softcover
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Titel: The Playboy Book of Short Stories : The Best...

Verlag: Fourth Estate, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 1994

Einband: paperback


Zustand des Schutzumschlags: No Dust Jacket

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This major work from renowned scholars in the field, analyzes the role of language and symbolic media and shows how this enables us to move to new levels of understanding of contemporary organizational issues. An introductory chapter examines the role and growing importance of discourse in the study of organizations. It critically evaluates the contributions of various disciplines and defines organizational discourse as a subject area. The chapters in the first section, Talk and Action, explore the relationship between discourse, action and interaction and their impact on organizational structure and behaviour. Stories and Sensemaking focuses on the analytical potential of the 'story' as a means of illuminating the ways in which organizational members make sense of their experience of organization. "Discourse and Organization" includes contributions which demonstrate the fundamental significance of linguistic usage and discursive construction to the ontologies of 'organization'. Finally, a concluding discourse explores the claims and limitations of organizational discourse as a means of enriching our understanding of organization.

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The usual big names are here (including Philip Roth, Irwin Shaw, Johns Updike and Cheever, and the ubiquitous Joyce Carol Oates), but up-and-comers are featured prominently. And editor Turner deserves praise for including several stories by women authors; in fact, two standouts are Laurie Colwin's poignant "My Mistress" and Bharati Mukherjee's electric "The Middle Man." Two long pieces--Nelson Algren's take on Depression-era carnival life, "The Last Carousel," and Norman Mailer's bizarre tale of black masses and Joan of Arc, "Trail of the Warlock"--are balanced by stories with traditional O. Henry-style endings, such as Roald Dahl's chilling "A Fine Son," Thomas McGuane's blunt "Like a Leaf," Bernard Malamud's wise "Naked Nude," and T. Coraghessan Boyle's funny-sad "Modern Love." There's even a laugh-out-loud "lost" segment of Catch-22, in which Joseph Heller's Yossarian determines baseball and basketball to be the stupidest sports ever invented. Glittering entries from Nabokov, Gabriel Garc{¡}ia M{ }arquez, Isaac Bashevis Singer, James Baldwin, and Haruki Murakami round out the A list, with fascinating oddball curios like Jack Kerouac's "Good Blonde," Robert Coover's bizarre "Lucky Pierre in the Doctor's Office," and John Gardner's frightening "Julius Caesar and the Werewolf" putting the finishing touches on a grand collection. Joe Collins

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