Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

“The School” by Donald Barthelme

saturday-shortsSaturday Shorts Week 19
Welcome to our weekend series for 2014. 
Every Saturday this year one of our staff will suggest a favorite short story from the library’s collection, all of them a great choice for quick weekend reading.


Look for Donald Barthelme’s Sixty Stories in our fiction section: FIC BARTHELME

I can’t imagine that there’s ever been a literary exploration of death as charming, funny, and unpretentious as this little three page story.

Barthelme’s understated narrator is an elementary school teacher recanting the trials and tribulations of a class of kids that has had some firsthand experience with loss. It’s full of wonderful little punchlines like “at least now they know not to overwater” and “well, now they know not to carry them around in plastic bags.” It’s got a little bite to it and will leave you thinking while you laugh. It’s the literary equivalent of a good Monty Python sketch, and probably takes less time to read.

Well, I’m not going to waste any more time telling you about it. Just stop by the library and pick up Donald Barthelme’s Sixty Stories. Go ahead and start with “The School,” though I can bet once you’ve finished it you’ll want to get right down to reading the other fifty-nine.

Review by Matthew

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This entry was posted on May 10, 2014 by in Book Review, Fiction, Saturday Shorts, Short Stories.
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