Letting Loose the Hounds

Letting Loose the Hounds Here are eleven big hearted tales by an inspired storyteller at the beginning of his career Set in the small towns of Utah and Arizona most of these stories deal with letting loose or wanting to in a

  • Title: Letting Loose the Hounds
  • Author: Brady Udall
  • ISBN: 9780671017026
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
  • Here are eleven big hearted tales by an inspired storyteller at the beginning of his career Set in the small towns of Utah and Arizona, most of these stories deal with letting loose or wanting to in all its forms For the family hero in Buckeye the Elder, this means reverting to a raucous past In the title story, under a galaxy filled sky, there is the eerieHere are eleven big hearted tales by an inspired storyteller at the beginning of his career Set in the small towns of Utah and Arizona, most of these stories deal with letting loose or wanting to in all its forms For the family hero in Buckeye the Elder, this means reverting to a raucous past In the title story, under a galaxy filled sky, there is the eerie thrill of possible revenge Ansie, in The Opposite of Loneliness, risks joining a distinctly eccentric family unit despite five failed marriages her Purple Hearts The young men of Vernon, home to 800 souls, dream of leaving but settle for the macho euphoria that comes from making loud noises and destroying things And in Junk Court, a handyman, not so handy with love, finds himself considering some breakout decisions These are sad sweet stories, moving from the familiar to surprising destinations But even when disaster looms, Brady Udall s fine comic sense keeps bubbling up, sustaining his men and women in their sometimes extravagant efforts to connect and cope.

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    1. Brady Udall

      Brady Udall grew up in a large Mormon family in Arizona, where he worked on his grandfather s farm He graduated from Brigham Young University and later attended the Iowa Writers Workshop He was formerly a faculty member of Franklin Marshall College starting in 1998, then Southern Illinois University, and now teaches writing at Boise State University A collection of his short stories titled Letting Loose the Hounds was published in 1998 and his debut novel The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint was published in 2001 The Lonely Polygamist was published in May 2010.


    1. This is one of my favorite authors, and this set of short stories is one more reason to love this guy. I esp loved the title story, "Letting Loose The Hounds". In a dry but funny way, he captures the essence of the spirit of his characters, and his stories always have somewhat of a surprise ending. Quirky, sarcastic, real and unforgettable.

    2. These were great. I didn't have many quibbles. Maybe one or two stories, the characters were a little one-dimensional, or there wasn't any resolution, but that was rare. Mostly, I didn't want this book to end. I really loved this collection. I enjoyed The Lonely Polygamist, but didn't LOVE it So I gave this a chance. I'm so glad I did. I'm gonna seek out anything else of his.

    3. I have to admit that I have never been a huge fan of short stories. I find that the effort required to “get into” the story often doesn’t bear enough fruit by the time the story ends (usually unsatisfyingly, often even abruptly). Udall’s short stories, on the other hand, are a lot like his novels: they make the reader WANT to slow down, enjoy the writing, and just get lost in the story and, as such, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a short one or a long one—the reader will enjoy ever [...]

    4. Udall has a perfect voice for his subject matter. I loved the Lonely Polygamist, and these stories have some of the same texture, humor, craziness and sadness. I can't think of anybody who writes of the Rocky Mt states as well as he does. Such an environment of harsh beauty and sorrow and just bizarre behavior.

    5. Letting Loose the Hounds is my first encounter with Brady Udall's work. His name kept popping up in here and there, and I read somewhere that Benjamin Percy really liked his work, this collection in particular, so I decided to check him out.This collection came out in 1997, and it reads to me like a young man's collection, and I mean that as a compliment. There's a certain energy to these stories that comes through not only in the prose but in the stories themselves. Of the 11 stories in the col [...]

    6. Collection of well written short stories. Not my particular brand of tea but loved the recurring themes and Udall's style throughout. If you like AZ, busted ass cars, dogs, and/or Native American themes this is your bag. Characters are amusingly flawed or nails on chalkboard or a bucket of boring many to choose from!Wish they were less depressing and I wanted to strangle most MCs but c'est la vie.

    7. The title story is a killer. I like the way it starts without saying exactly what situation the character is in or how he came to be that way. I also like that he can't talk, which creates a lot of tension in the story. "Snake" is good also, perhaps a bit too pat, because everything is telegraphed, although it does deliver the payoff. "Midnight Raid" is another powerful story full of surprising details and a great ending. Although beautifully written—in that prize-winning kind of way—I ultim [...]

    8. This is a book of many short stories. Udall has a funny sense of humor in his stories and I sometimes wanted to laugh out loud at the ridiculous situations his characters get into, but there's also very tragic things that happen and sometimes shocking events that go on in the stories. Sometimes they never reach any kind of resolution and it bothered me some. A few are also a little too depressing. But what I found was the most interesting about his stories was the way he would address everything [...]

    9. Elf geweldige kortverhalen met volwaardige personages die gerust - elk op zich - een hele roman hadden kunnen vullen . Udall maakt enorm goed gebruik van zijn woorden en zinnen, alles draagt bij tot het definiëren van de karakters en de setting. Ik heb het boek gelezen in vertaling en die was ook zéér goed, zo wordt He becomes deeply and famously drunk bijvoorbeeld vertaald als Zwaar en roemrucht dronken worden, wat ik eigenlijk nog beter vind. De titels zijn trouwens altijd ongelooflijk raak [...]

    10. Yick. Flat, predictable writing. This is what people complain about when the they complain about MFAs which is a funny sentence, I think. There was one nice story about an armadillo, but I knew about that story before I read the rest of this. What I want to know is why there is such insistence in so many books on this voice that identical as it runs rampant from author to author. I blame Carver. But I also blame Cheever because he should be more popular, more widely read. That's what I think.

    11. I love Brady Udall's work. I've read his books in backwards order, so have come to his first work, this short story collection, last. But it just confirms what I've already known - Udall is a fantastic writer who is deserving of a far wider audience. His writing is a joy to read. It's funny, sad, moving, quirky and a whole load of other things. If you've not read any of his stuff, what are you waiting for?! Go on, you won't regret it!

    12. Funny stories with somewhat pathetic, down-on-their-luck characters who find themselves in some bizarre situations, like the first story Midnight Raid, which is about a drunk guy sneaking through a wealthy suburb to find his son, who lives with the ex-wife and her new husband, so that he can deliver a goat. Udall is a master at the emotional climax, and his stories usually end with some genuine redemption and hope.

    13. Very engrossing stories. Several have exciting plots, but not all; some stories are more about giving voice to a character and seeing that character's world through a more mundane episode, which is just as engrossing. Though most of these stories take place in the American southwest, each has a distinct setting and narrator that keep the book fresh throughout. Brady Udall is a masterful writer of heartfelt stories. I highly recommend this book.

    14. Fantastic short story collection. Every story is amazing, but I think my favorite is "The Wig." It's what's commonly referred to in the literary world as a short-short. It's about a page and a half long. And it amazes me every time how much emotion can be put into that little page and a half. Really great collection--and this coming from a gal who gets irritated by short stories simply because they're so short!

    15. I like the author, Brady Udall. I attended a reading when he was promoting "the Lonely Polygamist" at Changing Hands bookstore in Phoenix. This particular collection of short stories gave me an idea of his humor and his taste (western setting, modern). I plan to read every book he writes, this was enough to convince me to read his other books. I am only rating it as "I liked it" because it was a fine collection but certainly not one of my favorite reads of all time.

    16. A nice collection of 11 short stories. Some of the stories are funny, some dark, some touching. But every one of them rings of real situations, real characters and real life. I can't wait to read The Lonely Polygamist. Mary, thanks for the suggestion and for some of the stories behind these stories.

    17. Ok so I can't say I actually read this whole book. But it is a book of short stories and I did read some of them, but I can't claim to be reading it either. It has been a few months since I picked it up. But, I bet I pick it up again and read a few more stories as time goes on. The stories are pretty darn good.

    18. Read Udall's great story "Buckeye the Elder" in an Iowa Workshop Reader first and then picked up this nice little collection. He's also been on the wonderful "This American Life" radio program a few times. He's a very intoxicating reader and from what I understand, an accomplished teacher. His style comes across as effortless.

    19. Up front, I have to confess that I am not a fan of short stories. However, I am a fan of Brady Udall. His writing is captivating. His characters are so well developed, I feel as though I know them. If you live in Arizona, or have visited & love the state - you MUST read his books. My only complaint is he has not written any new books in a long time!

    20. TBD. The first story scared me, because a goat was harmed in the making of it in a particularly subliminally ghastly way--our narrator failed to feed it and it was picked apart by vultures.I'm not sure if I can make it through Brady's desensitized use of animals as props in his er exploration of the male psyche etc and so on. The story is good, though.

    21. Great stories to read out loud. And laugh out loud. There are elements of beauty and sadness and characters that are real and left me caring and hoping they would fare well after the stories had ended.

    22. One of the more enjoyable books I've read in a long time. I loved Edgar Mint and didn't remember it was also written by Brady Udall until after I'd finished this collection. Funny, impactful and poignant book of short stories.

    23. I usually am not a fan of short stories--but this collection is very good! His humor makes me giggle! And his sketches of interesting characters are heart-warming & insightful! I AM a big fan of this writer!

    24. the prose is like water, going from rapids to gentle pools.Emotions come afloat and you lose control. Udall set a standard well above a world of "easy reads" and reminds us all of the power and the art of writing.

    25. Udall writes about simple people in not so simple circumstances. Overall, an enthralling read, but only 3 stars because some of the endings to these stories were letdowns. I am definitely interested in reading more of his work though.

    26. There were some great short stories in this collection. Very original and well written. The stories - especially Vernon, Snake, and Ballad of the Ball and Chain - were well worth reading with tragedy and laugh out loud moments. Only one - Buckeye the Elder - was a miss.

    27. Udall is good. And he is best when he is making you laugh about something quite serious. I can't shake the image of a guy delivering a pet goat to his son at his step-father's fancy suburban castle.

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