By E. L. Doctorow
From a grasp of contemporary American letters comes a charming number of excellent brief fiction approximately those that, as E. L. Doctorow notes in his Preface, are someway "distinct from their surroundings--people in a few type of contest with the present world." Containing six unforgettable tales that experience by no means seemed in e-book shape, and a range of prior classics, All the Time within the World is resonant with the secret, rigidity, and ethical research that distinguish the fiction of E. L. Doctorow.
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For a long time he looked at it. First he put his head on one side, and then he put it on the other; then he shut his right eye and gazed with his left, after which he shut his left eye and gazed with his right. Then he moved a little to one side and looked at the image, and then he moved the other way. After a while he said to the Minor Canon, who had been standing by all this time: “It is, it must be, an excellent likeness! That breadth between the eyes, that expansive forehead, those massive jaws!
She landed nearby. ” she said. ” “Indeed it was, Virginia,” said Zebediah T. Crawcrustle. ” “I have a book of matches on me somewhere,” she said, and she began to rummage in her purse, which was very large and very brown. ” Zebediah T. Crawcrustle was carrying a bottle of purple methylated spirits, which he proceeded to pour into a plastic cup.
A girl of a poor family without a father was a girl prone to witchcraft, they said. Nevertheless, the day the spitting cobra came down the giant kapok tree in the middle of the village, do you wonder who they turned to? Ozioma was standing over the large pot of bubbling red stew humming to herself. Her mother was chatting with her aunt in the back. Her mp3 player was connected to some old speakers and it was playing an afrobeat song her father used to love. Outside, it was thundering and it would rain any minute, but that didn’t concern her.