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A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain: Stories
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain Stories Author:Robert Olen Butler Robert Olen Butler's lyrical and poignant collection of stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its impact on the Vietnamese was acclaimed by critics across the nation and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Now Grove Press is proud to reissue this contemporary classic by one of America's most important living writers, in a new edition of... more » A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain that includes two subsequently published stories -- "Salem" and "Missing" -- that brilliantly complete the collection's narrative journey, returning to the jungles of Vietnam.« less
I'm not generally a short story reader. However, this collection was very interesting. I don't know if the author has caught an authentic Vietnamese voice, but he did present a culture in its similarities and differences to U.S. culture.
This is the book to go to if someone wanted to study how an author can use different "voices." Lovely. All of the stories work off of one another to make each other more powerful than they would have been if read individually, and I can't imagine something like that to be easy to accomplish.
Finished reading the 1993 Pulitzer Prize winning "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain". It was different and I really liked it a lot, just wish that one of its 15 short stories had been omitted. It dragged on and on and on and I started having Moby Dick flashbacks whilst reading it, plus the fact that this particular story was right near the end of the book left me with a sort of blah feeling when I finished the book. But really it was a fabulous book!! It's just too bad about that blah feeling at the end.
I'm not sure how to explain it but reading this book gave me a sense of peace, and understanding. I could not read the book the entire way in a single sitting because I felt that each story, though short, caused me wonder so I decided to read a series of stories and then stop. Each time I came back and started again I immediately felt the mood return. As I said it brought me peace and understanding, but I'm not sure how to explain it.