Trudy gIf I had to find one word for the plot of this chapbook I think it would have to be decay Everything that the reader sees in this book is decayingradually crumbling and turning to dust One word to describe this book would be powerful because it really is a powerful prose It s beautiful and depressing sometimes bordering on the poetic It s a short book a chapbook containing one novella The Collectors The story "is based on true events and characters the Collyer brothers that "based on true events and characters the Collyer brothers that born in 1880s and died in 1947 They were New Yorkers that ot infamous for their compulsive hoarding and eccentric lifestyleI don t exactly know how close to the truth
matt bell oes i don t even know Bell The Unlikeliest Hero: The Story of Desmond T. Doss goes I don t even know much of the details there are available but his story is a strong one In dealing with compulsion sadness and men that have lost theirrip on reality he carves a really memorable image one that I think will stick with me for some time Compulsive hoarding can be turned to humour make it into a joke but Bell doesn t o there He tries to find there reason behind it all and of course I have no idea if he et it right but it feels right within this claustrophobic story The characters feel real and that s why I can t dismiss them as ridiculous They just feel like very sad men that have lost their way Definitely worth a read My memory sir declares Funes the Memorious is a arbage heap The mnemonic freak imagined by Borges however has nothing on the two aging brothers Langley Homer Collyer historical figures in fact NYC packrat psychos of the previous mid century here re imagined by Matt Bell Bell s new novella a recent national prizewinner takes us into their arbage heap not so much a place as a passion As for the Homer Langley we d call real people they occupied boy did they a mid Manhattan brownstone but don t come looking for a profanity laden tale of the streets or for icy high society scalpel work Rather Bell remains wholly win house mind dealing out imagined snippets of the brothers dying days plus a few days beyond shifting the point of view between blind Homer interesting coincidence crippled Langley We visit one or two other perceptions as well but I ll Prisoner of Midnight get to those later For the feel is always the same claustrophobic to put it mildly hemmed in by the bitterness of a father s abandonment the regret over those same hard feelings now calcified after decades wout the softening of forgiveness Things are than half paralyzed even before the accident to the slightly mobile brother the central incident of what passes for plot Weet to know these two bawling Calibans trapped in their cave then we BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. get to watch them die Yet I bring up Shakespeare s late story of magic for a reason for the surprising sprightliness of the approach The reading experience offers than a little relief since the brief volume has so many breaks not uite 30 chapters none than three pages Also these are arranged according to an outline system numerals capitols one that both proves pleasantly confounding yet offers reliable repetitions Each Inventory entry for instance provides an archeological slice of what was found in the home after the brothers passing each such chapter embodies some smaller tragedy win the larger as the dolls in one climactic room amount to no a family than anything else we found lying upon the floors of the Collyer House But in each case readers can swiftlyrasp that tragedy we ourselves you could say become architect author able to envision better outcomes at first lance So we join those few perspectives besides the two doomed brothers like another set of city workers digging their place out Or like the Author not Matt Bell exactly rather the Author whose own point of view occurs a few times here as he peers into a brother s dying face or surveys the wreckage around him speculating on what might be made of other THE COLLECTORS stands Finally As A Fascinating Exemplar as a fascinating exemplar the recycling the renewal that might be wrought via the storyteller s art Haunting Man the compulsiveness of these two men The physical traces of a past family with a fractured emotional relationship Then to consider Matt Bell s horrific and painful prose We et to view the attachment and divide of life in a small world where the object is supposed to mean everything the house has its inventory but ours are the characters lives The crumble of the hou. The tale of compulsive hoarders Homer and Langley Collyer so shocked 1940s Manhattan that the brothers and their Harlem brownstone live on today as one of the most notable American case studies of acute disposophobia Wi. ,
Autiful These sad brothers are literary treasures and Matt Bell is too Matt Bell s The Collectors is a lovely and elegant fictionalization of the final days of the tragic Collyer brothers The Collyers were reclusive hoarders who filled their Harlem brownstone with junk for decades before finally being found dead Langley Collyer crushed under a mound of debris the blind and helpless Homer starved in 1947 Their story has been heavily explored by writers of both "fiction including EL Doctorow who recently published a widely exposed novel "including EL Doctorow who recently published a widely exposed novel the brothers a few months ago and non fiction but Bell brings a fresh perspective to their sad tale His novella consists of several dozen ultra short chapters many of them only one or two pages which are divided into five interspersed roups one for Homer one for Langley one for descriptions of the possessions which clog their home one for the narrator and one for a couple of outsiders the policeman who first enters their home and a city
Sanitation Worker Who Later Laborsworker who later labors clear out the houseHomer s chapters poignantly show him as a helpless dependent of his older brother one whose days are spent confined to an armchair drinking brandy and consuming a diet of oranges and pipe tobacco as Langley putters around him Langley s chapters in contrast present a man of action who accumulates all of the junk on nightly excursions through the city and once the junk begins to overwhelm the house tries to organize it all to some extent in a hopeless effort to make the sualorous house remain liveable The author admirably resists any outright explanation or rationalization for Langley s actions though he does subtly suggest that the hoarding represents Langley s obsessive urge to fill a major void that has existed in their lives since childhoodMost interesting of all however is the role of the narrator who is the writer of the story itself looking back from the modern day over the intervening decades The narrator every bit as obsessive as Langley Collyer imagines himself in the Collyer house just before the brothers deaths trying futilely to help them His inability to change the Collyers fate is an insightful metaphor for a writer s inability in the narrator s estimation to effect enuine change and have a meaningful impact on society especially one who writes about the distant pastThe Collectors is a very thoughtful and well crafted meditation on loneliness belonging and the writer s role in society one which I know I ll be returning to again and again in the coming years I picked this up spontaneously after seeing it available on the publishers website And I m really 6 1/2 Body Parts (Body Movers, glad that I did The novella tells the true story of Homer and Langely brothers who are severe hoarders Weet a short insight into their lives and see the horror of what oes on behind the walls of their mansion as well as the slow deterioration of both their possessions and themselves The structure of this novella is very interesting It is split into a number of different narratives which alternate and cross over one another to create a very un linear storyline We have third person omniscient narrative when introducing Homer second person when talking about Langely and first person when dealing with a third outsider spiritual character Matt Bell uses so much techniue in so few pages and really shows off his skill as a writer I absolutely loved this and even though his writing style may not be for everyone I would recommend you pick this up It is such a short wonderful piece of fiction and I am very excited now to read Bell s novel In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods This novella captured my attention from the first page and never let o of it The writing is sure determined and the subject of the Collyer brothers who died in their own home after collecting tons of junk so as they couldn t really be mobile is fascinating It is a real true story of hoarding from the 1940 s and it is painted with a deft hand We Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines get alimpse of Homer the blind brother in the narration Langley the mobile brother the narrator who is trying to save them tell their story but realizes he is inept at doing so and the investigators who find the bodies This novella is rare in that you can feel the tension and emotion behind the veil of distance that Matt creates with his writing Sure sure handed writing 5s. Ectives to reach a core of despair that is both terrifyingly primal and distressingly familiar Matt Bell's THE COLLECTORS was chosen by Brian Evenson as the runner up manuscript in the 2008 Caketrain Chapbook Competitio.
Matt Bell é 3 downloadSe echoing a dreaded family history down the last men "standing or crouching men hoard the objects to signify what "or crouching The men hoard the objects to signify what lost but there is truly a figurative hoarding that lies beyond what is apparent to the naked eye there are the secrets and mysteries held from public view the metaphor of our retaining facts and theories from text as a hoarding of ideas Bell deals with perspective in his wide branch of multiple narratives a fascinating and disturbing commentary of disorder paralleled with the merciless outside view from the world The curious but otherwise apathetic strangers to their demise Here we have something that lies deeper than all that is left as piled objects truth lies concealed in the past but we are pulled into the suffering of these two figures that are than just bodies and a house that has become than just a house Bell s narrative combines the dark imagery of classic horror with disturbing flinching moments I think of bleak scenes such as when Homer plays the piano and the the feeble sounds despairingly melt into the room rather than fill the room And the blood from Langley s wound which as it flows no longer distinguishes itself from the house s mess Not to mention the chills that can hit you from the change of pace line when Langley listens to hear his brother crying somewhere beyond the vast roughly constructed tunnels The connection between these two is unusually saddening as a kind of atypical tragedy So many powerful moments to The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River gleam over and over again in such a short but sweet bookMatt Bell has certainlyiven us as readers something to hoard It s books like this that I can THIEME Atlas of Anatomy: Head and Neuroanatomy gather ideas feelings and a curtain opened to reveal the dangers of mass accumulation but than even that it s not lettingo of your past when you devote your life to symbols that are literally stuff Well despite the warning accumulate this novella This one is rich We are told I am conducting an investigation I
AM HOLDING A WAKE I AM DOING SOME ORholding a wake I am doing some or or none of these things 38 What is achieved then is than just fiction than just referential and than just real It is simultaneously a comment on each of these ideas which is perhaps even effective at communicating a sense of these characters than basic exposition The authorial I who is making this a testament to you Langley and to him Homer 15 makes these characters most fragile most human most identifiable to the reader in a shared search for answers a persistent uestioning The characters in The Collectors may not be Real but they re real enough and maybe even than real in their very human defect their indefinable and changing subjectivity and their inability to even define themselves no matter how much stuff belonged to them or them to itGet to Ahhhhh whiskers Incredibly unsettling vibrant disturbing and beautifully haunting piece of fiction Matt Bell s prose burrows forensically into the layers of the brother s lives employing a multi linear narrative structure and a frenetic plurality of perspectives to reach a core of despair that is both terrifyingly primal and distressingly familiarThe words slide off the page beautifully but leave a film on the brain that just reeks of desperation and sorrowThroughout The Collectors a dialogue between the fictional and biographical is spoken interjected present and meticulously craftedthere is a sense in this text that writing the real that defining the realfracturing any whole image of what is in part presented because there is so much to see here but only in fragments in peripheries is no longer an endeavor towards realityThe sheer projection of Bell s imagination is incredible and defies definition The Collectors is shocking in its orderliness its clean sentences and careful arrangement Like the compulsion that drives Homer and Langley to hoard not one word is wasted hereWe fixate on things so holy they become Body or bodies so holey they are stuffed with things or a house so stuffed it becomes timeless everything not alive but lifelikeNo brother without a piano without a bathrobewithout a chair a pipe a mouthful of oranges and black beardNo self without these hostsNo hosts without No No River Bodies (Northampton County, ghosts or ratherNohosts no Dept. of Reproductive Management ghosts except in things It has been a long time since I loved a book as much as this little treasure I like the little sections and I like how they all add up to something big and be. Th a nervous energy and obsession to match his protagonists Matt Bell’s prose burrows forensically into the layers of the brothers’ lives employing a multilinear narrative structure and a frenetic plurality of persp.