5 thoughts on “The Watch

  1. ‘You wouldn’t believe me if I told you how deep’.

    Rick Bass is like Seamus Heaney’s spade, digging, inching toward the heart of the matter, his pen ‘snug as a gun’. His characters study the depth, vastness and immensity of their longing, with borders and limitations that are difficult to remember in the haze of desire.

    The stories are told with gorgeous simplicity and I just loved how the narrative darted around the place, like electrons misfiring in the brain. I could probably count on one hand

  2. Sometimes I think there’s only one kind of guy I could trip and fall flat on my face for, and he has this book asleep by his bed, folded in his back pocket, faded and dog-eared in the passenger seat.

    Reserving the last star solely because I want to read so much more of what Bass writes.

    First reviewed March 2010

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    May 2012:

    There are a lot of books I love, but honestly, this might be my favorite of favorites. There’s nothing like the smile on my face when I flip page 47 from “Choteau” to “The Wat

  3. Without question, this is my favorite group of short stories thus far. Bass’ ability to suck you in these somewhat far fetched, crazed tales that somehow you know have some root of truth to his own life experiences is second to none. Unlike similarly crafted tales (Barry Hannah’s Airships comes to mind) the word usage and perspectives are simplistic enough that there’s no need to strain for meaning and fluid thought……it doesn’t hurt your brain to figure it all out. Yet, he can put statements

  4. A wonderful book of short stories celebrating life. I have handed out far too many fives lately, but my recent reading list has warranted it. I have to compare this to so many other story collections that are jaded and cynical, yet outstanding in their way. This book never avoids or abandons the harshness of reality, but skips around it and focuses on the better elements, the love, the small joys, the stolen freedoms. The Watch helps us realize that despite life’s pitfalls there is still great

  5. n the debut short story collection from Rick Bass, nature and life are inseparable as they show the lengths to which people will go to not lose themselves.

    Set mostly in open woodland areas both literal and figurative, The Watch (W.W. Norton & Co., ISBN: 039331135X, 1989) finds Rick Bass creating landscapes, characters, and situations that are naturally flawed and dealing with it. These ten stories are certainly about the male perception of the outdoors, but they also deal with an overarching

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