Living with Snakes by Daniel Curley

By Daniel Curley

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In Daniel Curley's tales, passionate rage and funky, transparent hatred modify the phrases of even the main easy human relationships, etching unusual styles at the floor of the typical world--a guy applies the tools of Mata-Hari to the duty of keeping an eye on his ex-wife; the sufferer of a pickpocket plots mental revenge at the felony inhabitants of a Mexico urban bus line; a spurned lover summons all his power and braveness to free up a roomful of snakes held captive via his rival.For the main half, the figures within the panorama of those tales are women and men acting the rituals that result in and clear of marriage.

In The First Baseman, a guy within the means of getting a divorce falls in love with a participant on a woman's softball workforce, yet their dialog by no means is going some distance past the topic of her batting ordinary. In "Trinity," an estranged couple introduced jointly back through the demise in their daughter reveals that they can not recreate both their love or their baby. And in Wild Geese, a man's dream approximately his formative years, while flocks of ducks patterned the sky, is interrupted and eventually shot-through via fevered pictures of a tedious dinner party.

Nature exists as a shelter in those tales, however it is a shelter as a rule to be present in the shadow of the terror of dying; within the recesses of reminiscence; past the bars that isolate zoo animals from an unruly international. Demonically sincere and infrequently violently humorous, Living with Snakes tells of an international the place love is at most sensible a touch-and-go type of factor, the place occasionally women and men are certain jointly no longer lots through affection as via mutual loss, mutual pain.

Literary Awards
Flannery O'Connor Award for brief Fiction (1985)

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Living with Snakes

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In Daniel Curley's tales, passionate rage and funky, transparent hatred adjust the phrases of even the main easy human relationships, etching extraordinary styles at the floor of the traditional world--a guy applies the equipment of Mata-Hari to the duty of maintaining a tally of his ex-wife; the sufferer of a pickpocket plots mental revenge at the felony inhabitants of a Mexico urban bus line; a spurned lover summons all his power and braveness to disencumber a roomful of snakes held captive through his rival. For the main half, the figures within the panorama of those tales are women and men appearing the rituals that bring about and clear of marriage.

In the 1st Baseman, a guy within the technique of getting a divorce falls in love with a participant on a woman's softball group, yet their dialog by no means is going a ways past the topic of her batting general. In "Trinity," an estranged couple introduced jointly back by way of the dying in their daughter reveals that they can't recreate both their love or their baby. And in Wild ducks, a man's dream approximately his early life, whilst flocks of ducks patterned the sky, is interrupted and eventually shot-through via fevered photographs of a tedious dinner party.

Nature exists as a safe haven in those tales, however it is a shelter in most cases to be present in the shadow of the phobia of dying; within the recesses of reminiscence; past the bars that isolate zoo animals from an unruly international. Demonically sincere and occasionally violently humorous, dwelling with Snakes tells of a global the place love is at most sensible a touch-and-go kind of factor, the place occasionally women and men are sure jointly no longer quite a bit by way of affection as by means of mutual loss, mutual pain.

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Unfortunately in his haste and anger the policeman had chained them right hand to right hand so that they looked as if they were in the act of bungling a simple handshake, and when they moved to the patrol wagon it was Dillon who had to walk backwards. The only comfort Dillon could find was the assurance that his insult did, in fact, seem to be a bona fide insult of the first water. He remained in jail for three days, and only the direct intervention of the Embassy brought about his release.

The fiction was that he had been reading late.

Your father said. “‘That’s for you to say,’ she said. ’ she said. “‘True as I’m standing here,’ your father said. ’ she said. ’ she said. ’ “‘Then that’s how it is,’ she said. ’ “And so, by God, it did,” Robert Martin said. Oh, I was the solemn one. ” he said. I felt like an idiot and looked quickly at Robert Martin, expecting to be told I was one, but he was laughing so hard he had to lower himself to the floor to keep from falling too. ” “I’d like to hear that story,” I said, still flat on my back.

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