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Lucky Alan - And Other Stories

Jonathan Lethem

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The incomparable Jonathan Lethem returns with nine brilliant stories that prove he is a master of the short form as well as the novel. Jonathan Lethem stretches new literary muscles in this scintillating new collection of stories. Some of these tales-such as "Pending Vegan," which wonderfully captures a parental ache and anguish during a family visit to an aquatic theme park-are, in Lethem's words, "obedient (at least outwardly) to realism." Others, like "The Dreaming Jaw, The Salivating Ear,", which deftly and hilariously captures the solipsism of blog culture, feature "the uncanny and surreal elements that still sometimes erupt in my short stories." The tension between these two approaches, and the way they inform each other, increase the reader's surprise and delight as one realizes how cleverly Lethem is playing with form. Devoted fans of Lethem will recognize familiar themes and tropes-the anxiety of influence pushed to reduction ad absurdum in "The King of Sentences"; a hapless outsider trying to summon up bravado in "The Porn Critic;" characters from the comics stranded on a desert island; the necessity and the impossibility of action against authority in "Procedure in Plain Air." As always, Lethem's work, humor, and poignancy work in harmony; people strive desperately for connection through words and often misdirect deeds; and the sentences are glorious. Read by a Full Cast: "Lucky Alan"…read by Mark Deakins "The King of Sentences"…read by David Wain "Traveler Home"…read by Mark Deakins "Procedure in Plain Air"…read by Amy Landecker "Their Back Pages"…read by Isaac Butler "The Porn Critic"…read by Bruce Wagner "The Empty Room"…read by Michael Goldstrom "The Dreaming Jaw, The Salivating Ear"…read by Jonathan Lethem "Pending Vegan"…read by Mark Deakins

Language:

English

Narrators:

Various

Length:

4h 20m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:14


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:33


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:23


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:04


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:12


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:47


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:17


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:30


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:17


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:18


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:42


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:19


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:59


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:58


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:09