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Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing

Author Arthur Bloom
Publisher Printed on Paige
Publication Date 04/2014
Section Espresso Book Machine Books / Fiction / New Titles - Paperback / Printed Here
Type Print on Demand
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781495105760

In this first collection of short stories, Arthur Bloom introduces us to a series of characters - from Kyoto, Paris, Vermont, Florida, Boston and New York - for whom the joys of life are considerable but for whom the existential pain of day to day existence, with its loss of dearly beloveds, is almost intolerable. He tells their stories with blunt honesty and piercing observation.

Arthur Bloom is a Boston writer, raised in Dorchester, educated at Boston Latin School and Harvard College. He was formerly a physician-scientist and Columbia University professor. After twenty years in Paris, he now lives and writes in Boston’s South End.

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This collection of short stories lacks the excitement and goriness of today's prose. Instead, Arthur Bloom simply tells of the wonders and wickedness of life, Staying in the same rhythm of life itself, a lot of these stories do not build up to a mighty climax and reasonable ending.(Although, a few do, for that matter.) For the most part, the stories simply offer a glimpse into the wonders of romance and love, the bitterness, unfairness and hopelessness of shame and depression; the subtle forms of racism,and the strength of the family in caring and shaping the next generation. Although the book let's us travel from Paris to Japan to Vermont to Boston to New York; the thrills, despair, hope and the ecstatic fulfillment of falling in love can easily be identified by anyone who has lived in this century. These stories are just observations made by a man with a keen insight into the driven passions of modern man. They are so honest in portraying the heart of our civilization today. After reading each story, I had to stop and close my eyes, imagine these characters and realize they are people in my life too. A gem of a book; simple and a quick read, yet filled with characters that still live in my head.

Tim OConnor
June 25, 2014

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