Dressing Up for the Carnival: Stories -a Signed Copy ---by Carol Shields

By: Shields, Carol (signed)

Price: $19.73

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Book Condition: Near Fine (see description)

-----------hard cover, a Near Fine copy in a Near Fine dustjacket with a bit of very light rubbing, signed without inscription by SHIELDS on a tipped in Random House bookplate, an unread copy, this contains: Dressing Up for the carnival; A Scarf; Weather; Flatties, Their various Lines and Forms; Dying for Love; Ilk; Stop; Mirrors; The Harp; Our Men and Women; Keys; Absence; Windows; Reportage; Edith - Esther; New Music; Soup du Jour; Invention; Death of an Artist; The Next best Kiss; Eros; Dressing Down, ---"Carol Shields distills her wisdom, elegance, insouciant sense of humour and eroticism into twenty-two wonderful narratives. The title story sets the stage: a Shakespearean prologue in which the narrative flame jumps from character to character, each of them dressed up and putting their best foot forward, conscious of costuming themselves for the daily carnival of life. ---A surprising treasure box of contrasts, Dressing Up for the Carnival ranges from the bittersweet sexuality of "Eros" to the straight-faced whimsy of "Flatties." Story after story reveals marriage in all its initial intoxication, erratic striving and defeated place-holding: Shields is brilliant at describing the psychological pacts men and women make with each other, often unwittingly. The love stories here are not so much about coming together as about the long haul, where the elastic gets stretched between lovers until it either breaks or snaps them back into each other''s arms. Every page of Dressing Up for the Carnival beautifully displays Shields'' deft articulation of character. There''s the man of substance who traded love for comfort and lies in his bath "his throat full of unconfessed longings"; the proper YMCA director who takes his yearly vacation at a nudist retreat (and absolutely insists that his modest wife follow his example); and the female academic on the run from her mother who falls briefly in love with a professor who still lives with his. Playful, graceful, acutely observed and generous of spirit, these stories are Carol Shields at her most accomplished and appealing. "---, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo ///SIGNED///

Title: Dressing Up for the Carnival: Stories -a Signed Copy ---by Carol Shields

Author Name: Shields, Carol (signed)

Illustrator: Photo Cover

Categories: Canadian Literature Fiction,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Toronto, ON: Random House of Canada, 2000, 1st Edition, First Printing: 2000

ISBN Number: 0679310215

ISBN Number 13: 9780679310211

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine (see description)

Jacket Condition: Near Fine (see description)

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 149154