“Stone Animals” isn’t actually adjacent to “The Hortlak” (“The Cannon” sits between them) but I still see the stories as similar in that they are both about estrangement from normal life. ���� JFIF �� C ! When she thinks about why she loves Henry, she thinks about how she’s able decide what clothes to dress him in. /Filter /DCTDecode %��������� Kelly Link (born July 19, 1969) is an American editor and author of short stories. 2/52 — “Stone Animals” by Kelly Link Kelly Link is one of those writers who I'd been aware of for a long time, yet for whatever reason, I hadn't read. “Nobody ever remembered her name,” we’re told, “which is why she had to wear too-tight skirts.” Later, we learn that she wants to take a striking pseudonym when and if her book is published. They too have become haunted. Tens of thousands of stories (at least) have been written about alienation, but what Link depicts in these two stories strikes me as subtly different. ( Log Out /  Link uses the word “haunted” to indicate that something is somehow other from the viewpoint character. << /Length 5 0 R /Filter /FlateDecode >> /SM 0.02 At times he seems the most connected to the real world. Although he is going along with Catherine’s stated desires, unlike her he is already content. /SA true << Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. She marks out the yard as a way of ordering him around, and when he eventually has the temerity to violate her rules she is so disturbed she decides he too is haunted. The house has claimed her possessions one by one and now has finally claimed the other members of her family. ( Log Out /  Notice she’s not able to reverse her fundamental problem: nothing on heaven or earth, it seems, can undo the problem with her name. �?�F�wm� z������ ��2J��7���E�@ۿ������-*yt���o;+$����-]t%�=NG�1. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. /CA 1.0 Henry’s work is alluded to but never directly shown, and their problems don’t end when he’s at home (arguably they intensify). Connections and Influence in the Russian and American Short Story ed. %&'()*456789:CDEFGHIJSTUVWXYZcdefghijstuvwxyz��������������������������������������������������������������������������� Catherine is not actually shown but is presumably still eating dinner with her friends and thus is not taking part in the dislocation. “Our stuff is fine,” he tells Catherine. %PDF-1.4 Lexington Books. /SMask /None>> >> �� � w !1AQaq"2�B���� #3R�br� Early in the story, Catherine gives him a robe which the narrator says has “heraldric animals” on it, but of course these are rabbits. The house is haunted, but just like the zombies in “The Hortlak”, the word turns out to mean something different from what the reader would expect. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Everyone in the family is trying to impose control on their world, and all of them are failing: Catherine paints the house repeatedly and eventually even writes on the walls, trying to impose her personality on her surroundings, but she is never satisfied. /Producer (�� Q t 4 . She sees her brother as a possession, we’re told. Other than Tilly dividing the yard, I don’t see a lot of binaries in the story. “Stone Animals” by Kelly Link March 31, 2010 at 1:16 am | Posted in Short Stories | 3 Comments Tags: Kelly Link After a bit of a delay, I’m back with another post in my series of individual takes on stories from Kelly Link’s Magic For Beginners.There will be spoilers so if you haven’t read the story, do yourself a favor and read it first. Both stories are third person, but “The Hortlak” sticks to Eric’s perspective while “Stone Animals” flits between different characters. /Length 9 0 R Instead of just failing to fit into normal society, the characters in both “The Hortlak” and “Stone Animals” fall away from it. And he is completely unable to meet Catherine’s friends, even when he’s in the house at the same time. Magic For Beginners by Kelly Link « Yet There Are Statues, Booklist 2010 # 22: Magic For Beginners by Kelly Link « Beyond Assumptions, Kelly Link: Stone Animals, Madras Press 2012 « A Just Recompense. “Stone Animals” is also the more serious story, although it is also funny at times. He loves his job and seems to be satisfied with his level of involvement with his family. The Her attempt to control him via the house is failing, and this manifests as problems with the house in addition to her issues with Henry himself. ( Log Out /  7) On June 24, 2020, the I-Share catalog and your local library catalog moved to a new system called Primo VE. But there is another line of imagery that actually associates him closer with the house than any of the others. A game adaptation of Kelly Link’s “Stone Animals” THE STORY Henry and Catherine and their two children Tilly and Carleton have just moved into a large new home in the country after wanting to get away from the city. >> The main fantastic element of “Stone Animals” is the idea that this house is unrelentingly other, to the point that the family’s familiar possessions become unfamiliar through contact with the house instead of the reverse. Even the haunted objects are themselves gray areas: owned by the family yet claimed by the house. endobj “The Hortlak” is strange and dreamlike from start to finish, while “Stone Animals” starts out almost normal and then builds toward a violently dislocating conclusion. Entries and comments feeds. 9781931520157. through it.”)Link lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she and her husband, Gavin J. 4 0 obj On the balance, though, Kelly Link's work is an amazing hybrid of character-driven fiction and surreal fantasy, told with a darkly comic edge. /CreationDate (D:20190330111518+03'00') Stone Animals has a strong premise and great writing, but runs a bit too long. %PDF-1.3 In a normal house, this would indeed offset the unfamiliarity. << They want to fit in, yes, but their problem is not that they fail to find their place in society, but rather they even locate society any more. Despite this somewhat meager connection, the stories are different in ways that are useful to contrast. In his interesting 2004 review of the story, Matthew Chaney speaks of the story as “full of binaries, a world falling apart for lack of gray areas.” I don’t think this is quite right. As for Tilly, she can’t stop herself from sleepwalking, so she denies that it happens in the first place. /AIS false Even a minor character like the real estate agent is caught in this struggle. /Subtype /Image Even her initial endorsement of the house is directly attributed to the effect the house has on Tilly. endobj I think a more useful approach to the story is to look at the struggles for control. But she’s actively working around the problem regardless. But perhaps the biggest difference between the two stories is the reaction of the characters to their predicament. https://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/interview-kelly-link Italo Calvino, Kelly Link, Helen Oyeyemi, Danzy Senna, and others. ASSIGNED READING: Download 1 Townsend PDF containing: “A Stone Woman,” by A.S. Byatt “Admission,” by Danzy Senna “Stone Animals,” by Kelly Link “Who Will Greet You at Home,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah PROSE TECHNIQUE: STRUCTURE AND STYLE. There will be spoilers so if you haven’t read the story, do yourself a favor and read it first. Eric Waggoner. Here is another take on the […], Pingback by Booklist 2010 # 22: Magic For Beginners by Kelly Link « Beyond Assumptions— September 25, 2010 #, […] far more comfortable with Matt Hilliard’s analysis of the process by which the house “turns” objects: The story speaks of the […], Pingback by Kelly Link: Stone Animals, Madras Press 2012 « A Just Recompense— February 27, 2012 #. ( Log Out /  Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. The family loves the house (or the parents do, at least) but although they now own it, it is strange and different. 4 0 obj Henry is clearly the object of most of Catherine’s desires for control. 8 . It’s very good. TrackBack URI, Pingback by Magic For Beginners by Kelly Link « Yet There Are Statues— March 31, 2010 #, […] images, the rabbits and the various rabbit imagery seems out-of-place in the story itself. Long before they ever go to the haunted house, Catherine lies about an affair to provoke Henry into giving her more attention. After a bit of a delay, I’m back with another post in my series of individual takes on stories from Kelly Link’s Magic For Beginners. I think that Catherine is really the story’s main character and that despite the omniscient narrator, the story is in some sense from her perspective. /ColorSpace /DeviceRGB �.��&�cAvE ��!�.��ft��{�u�|7��mr^�� ���R��S�N���c?��&d��΋^�+3��N�֑q�n���ψ*L��?q�=��. This is, perhaps, not quite so immediately relevant for the reader as the more typical alienation stories, but it sure is creepy. h�gT���f�� R�&8 E��Au������W���i���C�2M�J 1 2 . 5) /ca 1.0 /BitsPerComponent 8 8 0 obj �� � } !1AQa"q2���#B��R��$3br�

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