The Development

The Development

Nine Stories

Book - 2008
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Houghton
From one of our most celebrated masters, a touching, comic, deeply humane collection of linked stories about surprising developments in a gated community

I find myself inclined to set down for whomever, before my memory goes kaput altogether, some account of our little community, in particular of what Margie and I consider to have been its most interesting hour: the summer of the Peeping Tom.” Something has disturbed the comfortably retired denizens of a pristine Florida-style gated community in Chesapeake Bay country. In the dawn of the new millennium and the evening of their lives, these empty nesters discover that their tidy enclave can be as colorful, shocking, and surreal as any of John Barth’s fictional locales. From the high jinks of a toga party to marital infidelities, a baffling suicide pact, and the sudden, apocalyptic destruction of the short-lived development, Barth brings mordant humor and compassion to the lives of characters we all know well. From one of the most prodigally gifted comic novelists writing in English today” (Newsweek), The Development is John Barth at his most accessible and sympathetic best.


Baker & Taylor
A collection of interconnected short stories follows a group of retirees living in a gated community in Chesapeake Bay country as their lives are thrown into turmoil by marital infidelities, a bizarre suicide pact, and the sudden destruction of the short-lived development.

Blackwell North Amer
Something has disturbed the comfortably retired denizens of a pristine Florida-style gated community in Chesapeake Bay country. In the dawn of the new millennium and the evening of their lives, these empty nesters discover that their tidy enclave can be as colorful, shocking, and surreal as any of John Earth's fictional locales. From the high jinks of a toga party to marital infidelities, a baffling suicide pact, and the sudden, apocalyptic destruction of the short-lived development, Barth brings mordant humor and compassion to the lives of characters we all know well.

Baker
& Taylor

A collection of interconnected short stories follows the lives of a group of retirees living in a gated community set in Chesapeake Bay country as they find their tidy enclave thrown into turmoil by marital infidelities, a bizarre suicide pact, a decadent toga party, and the sudden destruction of the short-lived development.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2008
ISBN: 9780547072487
0547072481
Characteristics: 167 p. ; 22 cm

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Jul 01, 2013

This is a difficult book to rate because it is actually nine short stories. Some are more strongly composed than others. The one general fault that exists in many of them is a tendency to dwell on description that ultimately has little to add to the story, making for slow reading in some of the stories. Many of the stories feature truly unexpected twists (reminiscent of Archer's "A Twist in the Tale") making them very thought provoking.

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