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Dybek never hlt his characters as Poles, nor do they refer to themselves as Polish or as Polish-American. If I watched him, then closed my eyes, it sounded as if two pianos were playing. Stuart Dybek,” in Publishers WeeklyVol. Our parents did not schedule after-school activities for us—they had other things to do.

Lay people—those not fully ordained by the Church—became participants in the Mass. For them, ethnicity and memory are interwoven naturally and succinctly. The late appearance of the ide girl in ice and the way that Manny Santora and Eddie Kapusta deal with finding such a mythic figure appear to come from a reality that is different than the one set up in the preceding pages.

Comparing them and relishing the comparison is icing on the cake. Whispering Gums Books, reading and anything else that comes to mind Now, on Tuesday before Easter, Eddie goes to Manny’s house, where they fall into a casual conversation, as if they had not been separated for months.

In the months since the last chapter, Eddie Kapusta has only seen Manny Santora once, at Christmas time. My father had woken me up that morning and left a bowl of this awful stuff—they called it Ralston; on the table for me. The Mookse and the Gripes Books and films from around the world. Consequently ethnicity in these stories is everywhere and yet almost beyond reach.


While some of the rumors, such as the ones that have him die in jail or run away to another country, might seem plausible, it is more likely that the ones that have him remain a part of the community as a ghost or phantom are the ones that will survive dyek be told to future generations.

Comparing Two Linked Short Story Collections: Dybek’s Coast of Chicago and Brown’s Street Games

Shiny with sweat, the girl already melting free between them, they forced themselves faster, rowing like a couple of sailors. Coast of Chicagofirst published in by Knopf, will be reissued this month by Picador. When they pass by an open fire hydrant, Manny says that he can smell the water of Hoy Michigan coming out of it.

In the end, he has become as much of a neighborhood legend as the girl frozen in ice. It’s not just escape: Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. Manny and Eddie have been up all night, drinking and taking drugs; the ice factory is dim, abandoned, and shadowy, with strange lights suggesting bizarre phantasms; and they have heard legends about the girl’s existence all their lives.

Rosellen Brown and Stuart Dybek. Dybek makes it clear that the pull of Dybrk is both spiritual and cultural and that it is rooted in the immigrant experience itself. When he thinks Pancho is in jail, he jokes with the people inside, but once Pancho has disappeared he turns angry.

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I wrote the phrase ‘the tree-scraped skies. The alienation that exists in Dybek’s younger characters results as much from cultural tensions, however, hott it does from socioeconomics and shifting philosophical perspectives.

Stories have several things in common. We who read them are better off for having both, and can learn much on our craft from either.

Hot Ice | Introduction & Overview

His characterization of his young heroes and heroines as romantic rebels and urbanized American versions of Keats, Proust, Dostoevsky and others whom they have read, leads him beyond mere ethnicity even though his fiction is rooted in the cultural neighborhoods of southside Chicago. Fox on an Island Gabriola, BC. They were only joking at first was how Kapusta imagined it, laughing at her broken English, telling her to be friendly or swim home.

Notify me of new comments via email. One of the most prevalent themes in this story is religion, in particular how Pancho Santora relates to Catholicism. The corpse signifies a local legend, in which a young woman was rumored to have been killed some thirty years earlier and carried to the local ice house by the deceased girl’s grieving father. She drives by the hot tamale man with his striped umbrella; she hears radios turned to Latin stations; and she refers to the young man’s car as “Pancho.