420 Characters

420 Characters


Book - 2011
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"HE DISMOUNTED at the dead end of the canyon, took a shovel and walked to a spot near a cottonwood and began to dig. When he was knee deep in the hole an arrow passed behind his head. He felt the air move and thought it a daring bird. The second arrow found its mark in his neck and the life seeped from him and he folded, inches from some letters and a lock of hair. Lou Beach began his writing career by updating his Facebook status, every day, with a new stand-alone story no more than 420 characters long. These narrative gems soon appeared on his website, and then arrived in the literary world. Alternately surreal, funny, ominous, and lyrical, 420 Characters offers an experience as dazzling as any in contemporary fiction, revealing worlds of meaning in single paragraphs. Beach's work has found admirers in Jonathan Lethem, Terry Gilliam, J. Robert Lennon, and others. The collection features original collages by the author, an acclaimed artist and illustrator"--
"The debut fiction project of an acclaimed artist and illustrator, 420 CHARACTERS is a collection of sharp and evocative miniature stories first presented as Facebook status updates"--
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
ISBN: 9780547617930
Characteristics: 169 p., [10] leaves of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Four hundred twenty characters


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ArapahoeLesley Nov 22, 2016

These mini social media restricted character count stories often have more creativity and feeling than a whole book.

Apr 12, 2012

Really interesting premise. The author wrote short stories that could fit in his Facebook statuses (420 characters). It's a quick read so I finished it but I didn't really enjoy it. Perhaps I am not "literary" enough.


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