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Visigoth is a portrait of the American male — gritty, violent, and fascinating. The protagonists in this collection of stories come from all walks of life — hockey players, middle managers, political hopefuls, and wayward husbands — but all share a tendency to turn towards violence when life begins spinning out of control. In "The Flyweight," an all-star high-school wrestlVisigoth is a portrait of the American male — gritty, violent, and fascinating. The protagonists in this collection of stories come from all walks of life — hockey players, middle managers, political hopefuls, and wayward husbands — but all share a tendency to turn towards violence when life begins spinning out of control. In "The Flyweight," an all-star high-school wrestler struggles with his own success and the expectations of others when he begins hearing voices after a schizophrenic breakdown. "Visigoth," the title story, depicts a college hockey player unable to understand that his relationship with an English professor is over. The novella "The Free Fall" focuses on a cycle of escalating violence in small farming and mining towns and the effect that it has on the main character and his family. Sharp, inquisitive, and witty, Visigoth challenges the reader to question the popular glory of violence in all its manifestations....

Title : Visigoth: Stories
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ISBN : 9781571310514
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Visigoth: Stories Reviews

  • Lori
    2018-12-10 10:42

    From Amdahl's biggest fan's personal collection.

  • Nicole
    2018-12-07 07:40

    Really, I am tired of the "modern American" gender issue question. Men are not emasculated by working women, and women are not held down by men's desire to have sex with them. However, this book is a beautiful portrait of a certain kind of disillusion. Self-destructive without being self-aware, not finding fault, but seeking release from pain. Dry, simple without being superficial, it is disturbing and arresting.

  • Michael
    2018-12-05 08:57

    Great collection. have you ever wished to see a hockey player layout a figure skater? Beautiful descriptions of being hit and hitting the ice. blurbs from Barry Hannah, Thomas McGuane, and Ken Kalfus. he's not fucking around.

  • Steven
    2018-11-22 06:37

    On this first reading I was impressed with the lyricism and with Amdahl's attention to language. Aesthetically, a strong collection--a book for writers. The stories didn't wow me, but maybe that will come on subsequent reads. Certainly a collection to return to.

  • Karen
    2018-12-03 07:33

    Sorry, Jen, I hated it.

  • Dave
    2018-11-13 02:52

    Complicated, engrossing fiction. Excellent.