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Upside-Down Cake [Ebook] ➩ Upside-Down Cake Author Paul Theroux – Original Fiction Short Story “We had betrayed one another too many times to be able to sit comfortably around the same table together” original Fiction Short Story “We had betrayed one another too many times to be able to sit comfortably around the same table together”.

6 thoughts on “Upside-Down Cake

  1. Melki Melki says:

    The triumph at such a family gathering lay in concealing your real feelings Reading this excellent story made me so glad that I recently managed to weasel out of yet another family reunion Mother said she was happy—and for once she seemed to be telling the truth But her happiness was possible only because the rest of us were miserable This family forced to celebrate their mother's ninetieth birthday talks of prescription drugs and lousy meals served long ago Tensions are running high and the sudden appearance of a stranger doesn't help the situation I've always been somewhat in awe of families who actually seem to enjoy spending time together Okay in awe AND a wee bit jealous But in case you're like me and can't understand the need to travel great distances to physically be with the very relatives who can't bother to write or phone take my advice life is short; don't waste it spending time with people you can't stand even if you are related to them “Mixed nuts That is so appropriate to this day of days”

  2. Pitinglis Pitinglis says:

    Aaaaah family gatherings we've all been there right?

  3. Dan Dan says:

    Disclaimer I never look at the name of the author before reading a story in the New Yorker I cover it up with my hand so as not to be influenced by gender race or if they’re famous already I take each story as it is with no preconceived notionsThis was a lot of fun evil fun but the sort of fun you'd like to have to get back at people who have been making you miserableBasically this is all a set up for our narrator to get back at their family We learn everyone else is a gossip and a backbiter and generally miserable but we never learn why the narrator is until the end Once we learn the narrator's secret everyone in the family who had been maybe not uite a real character or a bit of a generic blob snap into focus And the narrator isn't exempt either They are just as guilty of being a bastard pun intended I suppose as everyone elseI find this to be a strange story because a lot of it is pretty generic though with some very clever writing in it We had betrayed one another too many times to be able to sit comfortably around the same table together and Every visit to an aged parent is in the nature of a farewell In fact I was starting to think this was going to be yet another New Yorker dud that paints broad strokes about people who the author stereotypes and speaks in cliches that's a popular genre in this magazine unfortunately Yet I think the author senses how dull a lot of these stories are and plays us for fools He gives us a generic set up full of Roz Chast cut outs except for Floyd and Granma and then turns it on its head When we learn who the couple are that arrives late to the party and we see how the narrator was testing everyone there to see if they'd give the newcomers a chance we learn to not take everything at face value to look a little deeper under the surfaceDon't judge That's a simple moral lesson but we never learn it

  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    This is a seuel to Thereoux's earlier New Yorker short story which I haven't read As a stand alone piece it's the typical large family dysfunction He has some great observations about birthday parties for older parents Otherwise the story won't stick in my memoryHere's an interview with the author

  5. Valerie Valerie says:

    25 stars It started off really funny but too much of the same humor for too long does not increase ones enjoyment of a novel Slick development at the end

  6. Kate Kate says:

    very clever and unexpectedly funny

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