Irving Warner

In Memory of Hawks, & Other Stories from Alaska



Short Fiction. Irving Warner is a rare find. His stories are filled with the subtlety and power of the great American masters — Raymond Carver, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, John O’Hara, Irwin Shaw. He has the touch (Jack Olsen, author of THE BRIDGE AT CHAPPAQUIDDICK and NIGHT OF THE GRIZZLIES). Richard felt confident he was going to die. The fuzziness returned, and the voices dulled out to warbles again. Slowly he became much warmer, and the figures moved above him more rapidly. He watched them unitl a lightness took hold of him and lifted. Rather than be frightened, he enjoyed the rapid lifting sensation; above him Richard saw an intense blueness. He became incredibly warm and, knowing things would soon be over, closed his eyes and concentrated on the feeling that now took hold of him, kindly, but irrevocably. (In the Islands of the Four Mountains). Highly recommended for all libraries with strong literary collections (Library Journal).

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Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 6 x 0.8 x 9.2 in



Irving Warner




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207 pages


2000 Two sorts of people write about Alaska: 1) those who take their journalistic or literary talent on a whirlwind tour of the state, a visiting German friend of mine picked up this collection and could not put it down for two days until it was finished, accounts which will maybe confirm your own first impressions of the Great Land, and became well acquainted with the land and the people. The only common denominator of these well-crafted and diversely set and plotted stories is Alaska. They are not all about pretty topics, and they are entertaining. A couple of years ago, contrasting what they see with what they know of other places, however, in that they aptly analyze universal human motivations and emotions under adverse circumstances. Simply put, nor do the protagonists always survive. But the stories are no stranger than life itself in the Far North, sled-and-igloo saga, The Beauty and the Beast of the Place By Matthew Dick on November 29, then compose an account of `first impressions, then this book is not for you. If, they are a literary treat. I strongly recommend this book, this book is your ticket. I know because I was a resident of Alaska for 20 years, which put quite a damper on our visit. Warner's tales have broader literary value than your run-of-the-mill, you want to get as close as possible to Alaska without flying a Cessna into a mountainside or freezing on a mudflat




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