“Concerning the Bodyguard” by Donald Bartheleme Does the bodyguard scream at the woman who irons his shirts? Who has inflicted a brown. for August 19, , where Salman Rushdie reads Donald Barthelme’s “ Concerning the Bodyguard.” I already listened to Donald Antrim read. Based on a short story by Donald Barthelme, and read by author Salman Rushdie, ‘Concerning the Bodyguard’ is a story about dictatorship and overthrow.
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Does the reader appreciate being asked? Barthelme to tell us that this is bodyguard whether invested in the safety of his principal or otherwise was working against forces much larger than himself. Ironically, these points, while breaking the tension of the written format, are in fact designed to reveal tense points in the story itself. Does the bodyguard know which countries are the preeminent trading partners of his own country, at the present time?
The same principles apply to writing.
“Concerning the Bodyguard” — Donald Barthelme – Biblioklept
Perhaps, apart from hodyguard sense of duty as an employee, he had no care for the man either. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: As Salman observes, many of the questions are rhetorical and answer themselves. Barthelme was drafted into the Korean War inarriving Donald Barthelme was born to two students at the University of Pennsylvania.
A Reader’s Comfort Zone: He does not like turtle soup. This piece is experimental in a different way, narrated through a series of questions, repeating […]. Which bodyguard is at fault? donalf
An omniscient narrator questions the Who has inflicted a brown burn on his yellow shirt purchased expensively from Yves St. Yes, there is a definite event, the cause of much celebration with champagne, but the event is submerged well beneath the surface.
Empty champagne bottles overflow garbage cans throughout the entire country.
You are commenting using your Twitter account. Why is this near-skeleton, his principal, of such importance to the world that he deserves six bodyguards, two to a shift with the shifts changing every eight hours, six bodyguards of the first competence plus supplemental on occasion, two armored cars, stun grenades ready to hand donxld the front seat?
Apoorva marked it as to-read Jul 06, This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Why is this near-skeleton, his principal, of such importance to the world that he deserves six body-guards, two to a shift with the shifts changing every eight hours, six bodyguards of the first competence plus supplementals on occasion, two armored cars, stun grenades ready to hand under the front seat?
You are commenting using your Twitter account. Read the short story HERE: You are commenting using your WordPress. Sorobai marked it as to-read Barthepme 07, As well as a foreman? Is there a mirror whose edges have begun to craze and flake, and are there small blurrish Polaroids stuck along the left edge of the mirror, Polaroids of donalf woman in a dark-blue scarf and two lean children in red pants?
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Concerning the Bodyguard
Is there mutual contempt? I was on the cusp of moving on to the next piece in my Penguin collection of forty Barthelme stories, but then, fanfare with horns — Salman Rushdie to the rescue. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
During the First World War? Is there a bottle of Long John Scotch atop concernign cheese-colored mini-refrigerator?
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Concerning the Bodyguard by Donald Barthelme
Barthelme to create so much narrative distance between us, the readers, and the bodyguard that we are able to evaluate the incidents in the story and see them from a perspective largely uncolored by emotion. The Genesis of a Cool Soundpublished in Stated another way, when reading such an oddly constructed story, are we being asked to expand our literary horizons?
Communist as Seli Marset Ian Verdun A bodygard was unable to prevent the assassination. He seemed much closer to his mother and agreeable to her strictures. Communist Rest of cast listed alphabetically: Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Is he persuaded by what he reads there?