Style and Technique

(Comprehensive Guide to Short Stories, Critical Edition)

Lombreglia’s writing style is adaptable, informal, and not restricted to one setting or tone. In his works, Lombreglia presents life as actually lived among his own social class and type of people, as far as such categories can be strictly defined. He does not romanticize his milieu, but he is not entirely cynical about it either.

The exploitation of the Pakistani woman shows that there are some things that Reggie will not tolerate. The idealism that the struggling writer displays in dealing with this incident is his finest moment. Gunther’s money has not brought him satisfaction. His interest in the motion pictures is a combination of wanting fame and his name in lights and a legitimate need to express himself creatively in a way that his business and real-estate concerns do not permit.

The story’s closing image of men under water is soothing, spiritual, and transcendent as well as lulling. It shows a kind of apathy, a willingness to accept the easy way out, and a certain complacency. There is a false sense of spiritual comfort about this scene, which in fact represents a kind of moral quiescence.

There are frequent references by commentators on Lombreglia to the jazziness of his style. This jazziness is a result of the sense of improvisation in his work, the way in which he sets out a given situation and then riffs around it with dialogue and anecdote. Lombreglia does not state but shows. Even some of the basic exposition...

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