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No One Belongs Here More Than You

Stories

By Miranda July

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| Hardcover | 9780743299398

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Award-winning filmmaker and performing artist Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a startling, sexy, and tender collection. In these stories, July gives the most seemingly insignificant moments a sly potency. A benign encount Continue

Award-winning filmmaker and performing artist Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a startling, sexy, and tender collection. In these stories, July gives the most seemingly insignificant moments a sly potency. A benign encounter, a misunderstanding, a shy revelation can reconfigure the world. Her characters engage awkwardly -- they are sometimes too remote, sometimes too intimate. With great compassion and generosity, July reveals their idiosyncrasies and the odd logic and longing that govern their lives. No One Belongs Here More Than You is a stunning debut, the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice.

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    This collection of short stories perfectly showcases both Miranda July's wonderful whims and her incredibly expressive writing. Unconventional thoughts, anecdotes, reactions, fantasies often lay the foundation or provide the key subplot of her quirky ...(continue)

    This collection of short stories perfectly showcases both Miranda July's wonderful whims and her incredibly expressive writing. Unconventional thoughts, anecdotes, reactions, fantasies often lay the foundation or provide the key subplot of her quirky tales. Whether they be teaching 80-year-olds swimming on the floor, dating an imaginary sister of a retired colleague or silenting communicating while acting as extras on a movie set, these strange scenarios, often accompanied by offbeat outbursts of emotions or reactions, often feel wildly ridiculous and yet impossibly sweet and real. It's like July managed to tap into the crevices of subconscious, uncover unconnected and hence shamed and hidden impulses, and confront us with all these funny, outrageous, inexplicably familiar ideas.

    While there are certainly moments where she veers towards self-indulgence and the quirkiness threatens to run into the absurd, but her marvelous words, which seem to be constantly manoeuvering a delicate dance between the comical and the inconsolable, could almost always deliver an unexpected blow and change the tone of the story so drastically, it leaves you scratching your head, catching your breath, feeling devastated but also somehow relieved. It's a testament to her writing how within pages she can develop strong characters with a vivid voice and how from one sentence to the next she can turn laugh-out-loud humor to shattering sadness.

    Behind the myriad of narrators and side characters in all these stories, one common thread is probably their sense of loneliness, insecurity and being out of place. Whether they are rebellion teen girls, loveless couples or retired old men, it's just wonderful to see a talented writer like July bring these hurt souls to life, tell them it's ok to think the crazy thoughts and ask the stupid questions, tell them there's atually a whole world of outsiders just like them, waiting and shouting to be heard.

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    Così, quando ho scoperto che esisteva una raccolta di racconti della stessa July Miranda che aveva scritto, diretto e interpretato il film, mi ci sono fiondata sopra. Con una certa delusione, poi. Perché il tema, diciamocelo, è sempre quello. Ma se n ...(continue)

    Così, quando ho scoperto che esisteva una raccolta di racconti della stessa July Miranda che aveva scritto, diretto e interpretato il film, mi ci sono fiondata sopra. Con una certa delusione, poi. Perché il tema, diciamocelo, è sempre quello. Ma se nel film riusciva a essere leggero, ironico e a tratti poetico, nei racconti il senso di incomunicabilità e distacco prevale.

    http://labrocheuse.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/no-one-belo…

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    miss mixtape said on Jul 19, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    "It's not your fault. Perhaps this was really the only thing I had ever wanted to say to anyone, and be told."

    Se dovessi diventare una scrittrice, voglio scrivere come lei.

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    Valeria said on Nov 11, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Should have read it in English.I didn't like the trancelation.

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    nobinobi said on Jul 8, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Miranda July's style is very evident, and shows throughout her film "Me And You And Everyone We Know" and very much here, in her short-story collection.

    I feel as though I could easily have become irritated by her characters, where the main person o ...(continue)

    Miranda July's style is very evident, and shows throughout her film "Me And You And Everyone We Know" and very much here, in her short-story collection.

    I feel as though I could easily have become irritated by her characters, where the main person often attains the same view as she, seemingly over and over again. In some way. On the other hand, try and find a truly versatile writer, in that sense. And there are a lot more positives than negatives while reading this, put it that way.

    July does know how to write compellingly and in-depth, which I think is often hard when it comes to short-stories. These pieces vary in length, from two pages to something twentyish. The plots vary from story to story and often relate to basic human needs. Love, sex, money, work, friendship. Not in a corny, Oprah-would-love-this way, but rather in quirky ones, more emotive than intellectual. I can't really pigeon-hole this.

    Quite short, I'll say this is recommendable for all.

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    Niklas Pivic said on Dec 30, 2010 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Hardcover 224 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0743299396
  • ISBN-13: 9780743299398
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publish date: 2007-05-15
  • Dimensions: 193 mm x 903 mm x 1,418 mm
  • Also available as: Paperback , Audio CD , eBook
  • In other languages: other languages 和書
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