The Effects of Knut Hamsun on a Fresno Boy: Recollections and Short Essays (Paperback)

Recollections and Short Essays

By Gary Soto

Persea Books, 9780892552542, 205pp.

Publication Date: January 17, 2001



Poet and critic Christopher Buckley said of his poetry, " Soto has] mastered his form, has found his voice, and has the life experiences to provide meaningful content." He could have been speaking of his prose as well. Soto is at home with the essay; he is able to paint moments that would otherwise seem dull and not worthy of comment. He picks up hitchhikers, sorts through the mystery of finding a wife, and pulls together his wits to solve the hunger of stray dogs. He is tender and outrageous; he is reflective on worldly matters and cagey with his family and friends. In all, his dazzling effects of language will keep the reader continually surprised.These portraits are set in his hometown, Fresno, and in his current residence, the San Francisco Bay area. They therefore mark his time and place, but honor the instincts of the master Knut Hamsun, who walked around his town, a spectacle of wonder This volume includes forty-eight pieces: all of the personal narratives formerly collected inSmall Faces, the best of Lesser Evils--both volumes long out-of-print--as well as five new essays.