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Haircut by Ring Lardner. A barber regales a customer with stories about some of the characters in his small town. Get A Copy. Hardcover , 32 pages. Published April 1st by Creative Education first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Haircut , please sign up. Lists with This Book.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Haircut. Jul 14, Lemar rated it it was amazing Shelves: short-stories. If you've ever stuck up a conversation in a small town diner with a seemingly innocuous local telling a meandering story, this story provides the end I've been waiting for. My Dad read this to my sister and me, this one and The Monkey's Paw made sure we would seek therapy as adults.

View 1 comment. Jun 07, Oziel Bispo rated it really liked it. Jan 03, Kurt Lorenz rated it really liked it. Feb 09, Arun rated it did not like it. Written in colloquial American English. His style of writing perhaps, but to conventional English users like me, it is both incomprehensible and annoying. It speaks of a town and various people who live in there. A lot of people come in the plot, but the whole is concentrated upon a person named "Jim. Nov 14, Sepideh Tafazzoli rated it it was amazing.

The thing that made me give this 5 stars was def. Nov 01, Negar Bolboli rated it did not like it Shelves: shortstories. Dec 21, Kalyani Y rated it liked it. Ring Lardner's Haircut is a one-way conversation piece and is well written. Lardner uses irony and dramatic narration to talk about a well-built evil and shallow Jim Kendall. Whitey the barber doesn't perceive Jim to be anything but an innocent practical joker who meant no harm.

I appreciate how nicely Lardner could bring out the sharp contrast of how people react to a Jim Kendall in a community. A small town barber in an unnamed town near Carterville tells his customer who is new in the town Ring Lardner's Haircut is a one-way conversation piece and is well written. A small town barber in an unnamed town near Carterville tells his customer who is new in the town about a Jim Kendall. The barber even keeps his shaving mug after Jim's demise. As the story progresses we see how shallow a person is Jim Kendall and how ignorant is the barber who mistakes Jim's evil deeds for innocent pleasure and practical jokes.

What is just a not-on-good-terms-with-the-wife to the barber, is a full-fledged domestic ignorance and violence for the wife. Contrasts like these have been brought out really well. Ultimately, though the barber doesn't understand it, Jim pays for his practical jokes and a very dear price at that. And the irony did satisfy me. Reminds me of when I went to the barber shop when I was a kid and it was the gathering place of the small town.

A small town barber shares with a new comer the local happenings of the community including practical jokes, romance and infidelity, and an accidental shooting maybe murder. This is an enjoyable short-story. Jun 02, Caroline rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in , short-story-novella.

The short story, mastered: compelling narrative, deeply ironic without being didactic, a tour-de-force about banal immorality, both of the actor Jim and of the profoundly obtuse narrator, the chuckling barber. What is proffered as amusing is actually a scary tale about depravity and complicity. Mar 13, Sohail rated it really liked it. Ha ha! Finally met his match at making 'practical' jokes!

Dec 07, Ritu rated it liked it Shelves: , short-stories , quick-easy-reads. Expertly narrated. And fuck, what a goddamn tool Jim is. Apr 06, Jack K rated it it was amazing.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Haircut was a wonderful short story. Haircut was about a barber telling a story about a man named Jim. But that is what makes the story great. While the barber is talking about a person, he will jump to another person in his story right before he finishes talking about the last person.

The only aspect I dislike about the book is the negative outlook it makes toward small towns. The story makes small towns seem like they have bad people in them, when that is not true at all.

Some may have bad people, but not all. Apr 10, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: american-fiction , e-books , fictionth-century , library-of-america , novellas , short-stories , read Free download available at Story of the Week - Library of America.

Transferred from the U. Apr 30, Dani The Pluviophile Writer rated it really liked it Shelves: short-stories , online-read. I actually enjoyed the style of writing in this story as I feel it really captured the time period and the small town atmosphere. I felt extreme satisfaction with the ending of this story. I'm not sure exactly what the moral of it is but I appreciate what finally happened to Jim. I also enjoyed the narrator, he seemed to actually like Jim, but was not all that surprised with what happened to him.

Jun 04, Morvarid rated it really liked it. Simple, tangible and fun to read. Jul 02, Thecritic rated it really liked it. Dec 31, Sevgi rated it liked it Shelves: short-stories. It was tragic! Well, also funny. The last sentence was the most amusing part but I can't say I really liked the entire work. Nov 06, Mirtha Dominguez rated it liked it.

Quick read. Jan 23, Keith rated it it was ok Shelves: short-stories.


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I got another barber that comes over from Carterville and helps me out Saturdays, but the rest of the time I can get along all right alone. You can see for yourself that this ain't no New York: City and besides that, the most of the boys works all day and don't have no leisure to drop in here and get themselves prettied up. You're a newcomer, ain't you? I thought I hadn't seen you round before. I hope you like it good enough to stay.


Haircut by Ring Lardner, 1925

Thoughts on reading and studying the short story by a guy who's read and written about a lot of short stories. Another good article. Please keep them coming. I just rerea "Haircut" and I like your take on it. The circle of complicity is a fine subject for fiction.


Haircut (short story)

In your initial reading, you want to be pushing the standard opening agenda of curiosity:. What's the narrative point of view the author has chosen for this story, and what issues does our noticing this choice put on the table? What facts that we encounter as the story unfolds are relevant for arriving at a sound resolution of those issues? Since this is a short story, the plot is going to be functioning as a window on the characterization of at least the protagonist and if we have marginal participant narration of the narrator as well. This means we want to be alert the key actions of the protagonist, as well as the various conflicts he in this case finds himself in, or instigates, as the case may be. But we're not interested in these actions and conflicts for their own sake. We want to get curious about the full motivation behind them.

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