By Allan Seager
A Frieze of women speaks with a clean voice from an American period long gone. this is often greater than Allan Seager's tale of what occurred; it's also approximately how "the consider of fact is particularly just like the believe of fiction, specifically whilst both is in any respect strange."Seager supplies us his coming-of-age tale, from a high-school summer time as a someday cowboy within the great Horn mountains to a primary task at seventeen handling an antiquated manufacturing facility in Memphis to a hard-drinking scholarship 12 months in Oxford, reduce brief by way of tuberculosis. straight away humorous with an undercurrent of soreness, the tales in A Frieze of ladies remind us of the realities we create to stand the realm and the previous, and in flip of the realities of the area we needs to necessarily additionally confront. "Time makes fiction out of our memories," writes Seager. "We all must have a self we will be able to reside with and the operation of reminiscence is artistic---selecting, suppressing, bending, touching up, turning our activities inside of out in order that we will be able to haven't inevitably a likable, purely a believable identity." A Frieze of women is Allan Seager on the best of his shape, and a reminder that fab writing constantly transcends mere fashion.Allan Seager used to be Professor of English on the college of Michigan and writer of many hugely praised brief tales and novels, together with Amos Berry. He died in Tecumseh, Michigan, in 1968. Novelist Charles Baxter is the writer of Saul and Patsy.
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About ninety miles," Pat said. " I didn't know what a rate of forty-five miles a day meant. Since then, I have heard of cavalrymen killing their horses by doing fifty miles in a night, though they would have had a lot of equipment, while all I had was a package of sandwiches tied on behind. I don't know whether the boys were playing a j oke on me or not, but the little black horse was a pacer. I was A F R I E Z E OF G I R L S glad, at first, because a pacer or a single-footer is easy to ride if you aren't going far, and I knew I couldn't sit a trot the way the cowpunchers did.
I drank gin on Saturday nights. I lost a swimming race to a guy I had beaten seven times before. I woke up every morning remembering to feel bad that day but I usually forgot about it. When I realized at last that I was too young and green even to go to hell for a woman, I did feel bad for a day or two. One day toward the end of summer, I was downtown and I saw a flowerseller's stand in front of one of the depart- UNDER THE BIG MAGN O L IA TREE ment stores. He was selling magnificent full-blown red roses and the price on his card said fifty cents a dozen.
It continued, "Yours of even date received and contents noted. Would say in reply" ( and here the style blew up) "just what the hell are you doing down there, Allan? " Then he explained, more formally, my mistake. The worst came a few weeks later, although I didn't hear about it for a long time. A letter came in canceling an order. The letterpaper was charred brown around the edges, and on it the customer said his whole establishment had burned up. I thought for half an hour about the shock and distress of having your business burn up, and then I sat down on my stool to compose a consoling reply.