By Daniel Curley
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In Daniel Curley's tales, passionate rage and funky, transparent hatred regulate the phrases of even the main easy human relationships, etching bizarre styles at the floor of the common world--a guy applies the equipment of Mata-Hari to the duty of keeping an eye on his ex-wife; the sufferer of a pickpocket plots mental revenge at the legal inhabitants of a Mexico urban bus line; a spurned lover summons all his power and braveness to disencumber a roomful of snakes held captive through his rival.For the main half, the figures within the panorama of those tales are women and men appearing the rituals that bring about and clear of marriage.
In The First Baseman, a guy within the strategy of getting a divorce falls in love with a participant on a woman's softball group, yet their dialog by no means is going some distance past the topic of her batting typical. In "Trinity," an estranged couple introduced jointly back via the dying in their daughter reveals that they can't recreate both their love or their baby. And in Wild Geese, a man's dream approximately his adolescence, while flocks of ducks patterned the sky, is interrupted and at last shot-through through fevered pictures of a tedious dinner party.
Nature exists as a safe haven in those tales, however it is a shelter normally to be present in the shadow of the terror of dying; within the recesses of reminiscence; past the bars that isolate zoo animals from an unruly global. Demonically sincere and infrequently violently humorous, Living with Snakes tells of a global the place love is at top a touch-and-go kind of factor, the place occasionally women and men are certain jointly now not lots through affection as via mutual loss, mutual pain.
Flannery O'Connor Award for brief Fiction (1985)