Forgetting English

Forgetting English

Forgetting English Midge Raymond Winner of the Spokane Prize for Short FictionForgetting English explores the indelible imprint of home uponidentity and the ways in which new frontiers both defy andconfirm it From

  • Title: Forgetting English
  • Author: Midge Raymond
  • ISBN: 9781597660464
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • Midge Raymond Winner of the 2007 Spokane Prize for Short FictionForgetting English explores the indelible imprint of home uponidentity and the ways in which new frontiers both defy andconfirm it From a biologist navigating the icy moonscape ofAntarctica to a businesswoman seeking refuge in the South Pacific, the characters who inhabit these stories travel for business andMidge Raymond Winner of the 2007 Spokane Prize for Short FictionForgetting English explores the indelible imprint of home uponidentity and the ways in which new frontiers both defy andconfirm it From a biologist navigating the icy moonscape ofAntarctica to a businesswoman seeking refuge in the South Pacific, the characters who inhabit these stories travel for business and for pleasure, out of duty and in search of freedom, and each comes face to face with the unexpected.

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    The process of creativity continually intrigues me. Raymond's story plots and settings are similar to mine, yet the voice and execution are completely her own, and it was a delight to sit back and read another writer exploring the issues of travel, landscape, geography, etc within the context of human relationships. These stories take you from Antarctica to Hawaii, and each one is told in its own voice, which I love. Favorites are "First Sunday," which opens the book, and tells the story of two [...]

    Midge Raymond is perfection in this collection of stories regarding travel. I had to stop after every story for a few minutes to reread and really reflect on what was on the page, especially with the twists and turns of the plot.

    The Short of It:This collection of stories is a restorative tonic for the soul. The Rest of It:I am not a fan of short fiction but every now and then I give it a try and usually I am disappointed. That said, I was not disappointed by Forgetting English. In fact, I was so mesmerized by the beauty of the writing that I spent an entire morning on the couch enjoying it. From one story to the next, I found myself completely and utterly absorbed. Each story is so different and yet there are common the [...]

    In ten beautifully crafted stories about place and culture, Midge Raymond, in FORGETTING ENGLISH, cleverly explores the difference between, and boundaries defining attraction, relationship and commitment. The characters in each story are far from home, and often estranged from themselves, as they settle, however briefly into these new experiences. In colorful, evocative language, the author takes us along on these individual adventures of the heart, where we cringe and/or smile as her characters [...]

    Forgetting English is a slim volume of haunting short stories. These are stories of loss, of deep emotion, and of women trying to find their way forward. The language is lyrical — poetic in places — and the stories were lovely to read. Author Midge Raymond provides a very short but entertaining collection.“The lanterns bob gently as they drift out to sea, some extinguished by waves or by the splash of other lanterns swimming past. Paige sees shapes of light hovering above the water — pro [...]

    Short stories are not usually my cup of tea but there must have been something about this book for me to put my name down for a bookray a while ago. I have actually forgotten about this and wasn't too keen to start one. But I'm glad I did. The stories are all about loss and finding your way. I found them quite moving but without all the drama. I think the author wrote this well. Also this didn't feel as disjointed as the other short stories I've read.

    This is a fine collection of short stories (Spokane Prize Winner, published by Press 53). I enjoyed the settings around the world -- Taiwan, Tonga, Antarctica, etc. -- and the great characters. The stories explore fidelity as well as the ties that bind us, drawing us back from attempts to reinvent ourselves. A great read.Here's a more complete review: Review of Forgetting English

    I heard Ms. Raymond speak at AWP on a panel about women and travel writing (fiction)and immediately bought the book. I particularly liked the story "Lost Art," but what I liked about all of them was how different each narrator was.

    A perfectly wrought collection of stories, the best I've read this year. Raymond deftly brings her sweetly flawed characters to situations where they can screw up, and when they do, we love them all the more.

    A collection of superbly written short stories that hum with humanity (sorry!), dazzle with their variety, and just made me marvel at the ability of the author to both entertain me and enlighten me. A glimpse of life through someone else's glasses.

    Great storiesI forgot what made me purchase this book, but it was surprisingly great. I recommend it for anyone wishing to read more.

    In a collection of short stories shuffling between many narrators, places and time periods, Midge Raymond’s Forgetting English offers readers vignettes with a common theme: every story involves a stranger in a strange land. Some are suffering identity crises. Others are smarting from relationships gone awry, or preparing for a painful divorce. Some stumble into illicit love affairs while other search desperately for a connection in a frozen wasteland. Regardless of where they start out, how we [...]

    This is a great collection of short stories, to be honest they are better than most stories I read in the bigtime publications like the New Yorker and Best American Short Stories.The stories are all set overseas and center on a young, independent, and complex women who for a variety of reasons are out of the country. More important, the young women are all interesting and likable.Her great writing is shown in the first sentence of her first story,First Sunday. "He lives in his mother's house, wi [...]

    3.5 stars A (short) short story collection centered around the theme of travel, or feeling like a foreigner in another country, disconnection, etc. Synopses:- A career-driven woman visits her sister in Tonga, who has decided to stay after serving there in the Peace Corps.- A woman joins her husband on a business trip to Japan and regrets her decision to have an abortion.- A woman studying penguins in the Antarctic finds a lost tourist who was left behind by his cruise ship.- A couple vacationing [...]

    : Forgetting English by Midge Raymond is an exquisite thematic collection of short stories. The stories describe women in exterior and interior transit. The characters face a myriad of crossroads such as, divorce, infidelity, unemployment, abortion, and attempted suicide while a moonlight mile from home.Each story deftly details the characters’ impact and adaptation to their foreign surroundings. Raymond’s masterful prose transports the reader to various locales including Antarctica, Japan, [...]

    When I read a story, I like to go someplace strange, foreign, different. Raymond took me there, many of her stories being set in places like Africa, Japan, Antarctica, Hawaii. And the nice thing about being someplace exotic is discovering the things familiar, which Raymond pulls off with her lovely spare detail. More than visiting places, she charts the terra incognita of human relationships. Every story in this collection is solid, not surprising with a writer who's landed in litmags the rest o [...]

    I have to preface my comments on this book by letting you know that Midge is a friend of mine; we worked together at Boston University, writing for their alumni publications, and she's an amazing, warm, wonderful person and I adore her writing. So let me say off the bat, this may not be unbiased, but I'm trying.This collection of stories takes us around the world: Africa, Japan, Antarctica, to name a few. But the locations are merely flavor; the heart of these stories are the relationships betwe [...]

    This was my very first, First-Reads book from . That made it very exciting. Inside was a personal note from the author. The writing style of this book is lovely. Each of her short stories flow beauitfully, even though the point-of-views and styles are all different. The stories are tales of women who are trying their best to deal with challenges in life. Most of the stories include some sexual mishap, which I don't really approve of, but I felt like that was just an add-on to the underlying mess [...]

    This is a 4.5 star review.I LOVED this short story collection. Loved.Each story is a travel experience to somewhere different, and each person is at a turning point in his/her life. I really enjoyed that continuing theme throughout the story collection, but also that the stories are quite different.I would LOVE to see ANY of these stories lengthened to a novel if Ms. Raymond decided to go that route. I do indeed feel that she embodies her characters well, I'm not saying that she doesn't flesh th [...]

    Midge is a dear friend and I'm so thrilled her first collection looks so good. But what I've learned since actually opening the book is that she is an incredibly good writer - and these stories really take you to exotic locales, while probing the heart of what makes us us. A marvelous read!For me, the test of a great short story is whether it sticks to the roof of your brain. Is it memorable? I'm delighted to report that so many of these stories are real gems.Midge teaches in Seattle, Washington [...]

    I read this book in one day, neglecting my job, my husband and my children. The stories, which were completely different (either this author is extremely well-traveled or she has a fantastic imagination) sucked me right in. I was laughing out lound in parts and fighting back tears in others. I hope to read more from this author. Any one of these stories would make a great novel or novella. I ended each story wanting to know more about the characters' lives. Not since Jumpa Lahiri have I enjoyed [...]

    I could not stop turning the pages of this book. This collection of stories is a real page-turner. I wanted to read one story per night, and pace myself, instead I kept going and going to find out what was going to happen to the characters in each story. I love travel too, and new perspectives of different cities and countries, so I loved this collection of stories set in different far-off places!

    A very well written and well crafted book of short stories. My problem with this was that many of the main characters were high achievers in there profession but turned out to be failures in many other aspects. I got the under current feeling that it was saying you can't have a high powered job abd a good personal life at the same time. Feminists may struggle with this.

    I loved this book so much that I bought copies as Christmas gifts for several friends and family members. It was a very diverse group of folk who received the books and they all loved it. I'm looking forward to teaching this book in a "Contemporary Literature" course I'm taeching at Pacific Lutheran University in early 2012.

    This is a really compelling collection of stories, especially for anyone who has ever had experience traveling or living abroad. It captures a lot of the simultaneous comfort and discomfort of isolation. The characters are terribly imperfect but even at their worst (sometimes especially at their worst), I found I could sympathize.

    Well-written stories that draw you in, with very flawed characters (why does everyone have to be cheating?). A few of which I cared about, a few of which I didn't. If you like short stories, this is a good quick read.

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