By turns subtle and intense, disturbing and elusive, the stories in this collection are ultimately connected by themes of memory and loss, reality. Of the 12 stories in Wideman’s wide-ranging new collection, six have never been previously published, and most are standouts. Wideman excels in a variety of. : Fever (Contemporary American Fiction) (): John Edgar Wideman: Books.

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In March,he self-published “Briefs,” a new collection of microstories, on Lulu. In the third passage, the story is feer from a third-person-omniscient perspective.

Wideman tends a little more towards the family side of things than does Swift, leading to a bit more variation on the theme, but the theme usually stays the same, how relationships end. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Fever.

Yet there is also a danger that these shifts could confuse the reader. Return to Book Page. The first one is an joyn dedication to Matthew Carey, eedgar Irish immigrant publisher and official chronicler of the disease, whose potboiler contained derogatory remarks denying the unselfish and indispensable contribution of the black nurses, carters, and undertakers to the fight against the plague Carey 76ff.

Marianne rated it it was ok Jun 10, The sixth passage returns to the third-person-limited perspective of the first passage, but uses present tense instead of past, and grants access to the thoughts of a different character here. I heard her before I saw her.


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A woman like you. As his narrators explore the problems brought on by the fever, they present a concrete picture of the devastation the epidemic leaves behind, both in physical and emotional terms. I was surprised how tiny she was, barely my size, but strong, very strong. She must have decided it was better to risk dying than watch the guards pound a boy to death. She must have been screaming at them to stop. Robert Pearson rated it liked it Sep 22, Wideman may be the finest American writer no one’s ever heard of.

I edgqr not know why. Last I saw of her she was still fevef, slim, beautiful legs kicking at them as they dragged and punched her across the yard. Somehow she’d pulled me up and back to the barracks wall, propping herself, supporting me, sheltering me.

Wideman covers much the same ground as Graham Swift– the relationships between two human beings, whoever those two human beings may b Wideman may be the finest American writer no one’s ever heard of.

With this collection, Wideman is asking if stories can change jjohn person. Her fingers dug into my shoulders, squeezing, gripping hard enough to hurt me if Ddgar hadn’t been past the point of feeling pain. B Cole rated it it was amazing Nov 02, The guards shouted at her. This passage belongs to Esu, a slave in the hold of the ship. A boy in my village staring at a dog curled and rolling on its back in the dust outside a baker’s shop and our baker in his white apron and tall white hat striking feevr mutt again and again.

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Zain Syed rated it it was ok Jan 11, If our knowledge of his biography contributes anything to our understanding of his fiction, it is an awareness of the depths of experience, of its existential and emotional complexity that are the origins of his narrative vigor.

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It is winter, the days are shorter, and he is alone. Holly rated it liked it Feb 03, Summary “Fever” opens with a man staring out the window of a ship at the naked trees. The city has essentially closed down. Steve Owen rated it it was amazing Jan 17, It is under heavy personal pressure that Wideman wrote Exgarhis novel about a black outsider who becomes a lawyer to the poor widemaj Pittsburgh, and then published Feverhis second book about Philadelphia.