The World Doesn't Require You: Storiesby Published 20 Aug 2019
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Established by the leaders of the country’s only successful slave revolt in the mid-nineteenth century, Cross River still evokes the fierce rhythms of its founding. In lyrical prose and singular dialect, a saga beats forward that echoes the fables carried down for generations—like the screecher birds who swoop down for their periodic sacrifice, and the water women who lure men to wet deaths.
Among its residents—wildly spanning decades, perspectives, and species—are David Sherman, a struggling musician who just happens to be God’s last son; Tyrone, a ruthless PhD candidate, whose dissertation about a childhood game ignites mayhem in the neighboring, once-segregated town of Port Yooga; and Jim, an all-too-obedient robot who serves his Master. As the book builds to its finish with Special Topics in Loneliness Studies, a fully-realized novella, two unhinged professors grapple with hugely different ambitions, and the reader comes to appreciate the intricacy of the world Scott has created—one where fantasy and reality are eternally at war.
Contemporary and essential, The World Doesn’t Require You is a “leap into a blazing new level of brilliance” (Lauren Groff) that affirms Rion Amilcar Scott as a writer whose storytelling gifts the world very much requires.
The World Doesn't Require You: Stories Reviews
Rion Amilcar Scott’s story collection, The World Doesn’t Require You, is one of the most astonishingly smart collections I’ve ever read. I don’t think I’ve read anything as brutally intelligent as Scott’s stories. Even before I finished the book, I wanted to gather all of the literature wonks I know and force them to read this collection as fast as humanly possible, so that we can talk about what the stories have to say, how they are constructed, and what the hell we’re supposed to read next because this collection is just so damn good...
Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss, for review consideration.
I was hooked from the very first story. This book grabbed me and spoke to me in a way that no book has done in a truly long time.
This collection of essays covers coming of age and fables stories all wrapped into a beautiful collection that explores slavery, love, and connection mixed in with African American history and experience.
The themes are unique and powerful, often leaving me with deep thoughts and analysis.
A thought-provoking and strong collection.
If given the choice to have a conversation with any author dead or alive at this very moment, I would pick Rion Amilcar Scott. In his collection of stories, The World Doesn't Require You, Scott masterfully mixes a bizarre cocktail of satire, magical realism and a world that only he could create.
After each story I literally said to myself “How tf did he do that?” His story telling skills are on a whole different level. This collection can and will make you uncomfortable, but its powerful and stimulating.
I highly recommending this collection, especially the last story: Loneliness Studies, it’s the longest story in the collection (this one had me thinking hard about the human emotion).
I must buy this book!!
These stories were great and one really needs to take the time to chew and digest them. As I had a library copy, I must buy my own, so I can really take the time with each story. Even with that said, these stories have left an impression.
This short story collection was structurally one of the most creative and unique I’ve read - it utilizes a variety of genres across each story, focuses on rich characterizations, and felt like a community analysis of the fictional Cross River. I felt like the stories at beginning and the final one were strong bookends. The final story (a novella told across several parts) being the strongest for me. Thematically it tied together things that has first surfaced in earlier parts of the collection.
That said, overall this missed the mark for me. I felt like I lost direction with the writing and as such probably lost a lot of the meaning that so many other readers have so cleverly picked up and commented on. Definitely check out other reviews as this has been adored by so many readers!