Hot Ice by Stuart Dybek, The magic trick: Blending realism with the poetic to create a world of epic beauty “Hot Ice” is the most perfect. A Study Guide for Stuart Dybek’s “Hot Ice,” excerpted from Gale’s acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary;. A study guide for Stuart Dybek’s Hot Ice, excerpted from Gale’s acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character.

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He continues to go back, taking a chance that the guards will arrest him, until Jot refuses to go with him, at which point he loses his anger almost immediately and gamely offers to do something else, as if he had not been full of rage just moments before. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This, my friends, is a very risky way to write.

Introduction & Overview of Hot Ice

The alienation that exists in Dybek’s younger characters results as much from cultural tensions, however, as it does from socioeconomics and shifting philosophical perspectives. The tracks, as Manny observed earlier, go to the lakefront, and they decide to take her to the lake and set her in the water, where she will finally be released from the ice. The parish church is thus the center of vision in a significant number of stories.

As the story progresses, the focus stays with Eddie, making this predominantly his story. In telling this tale, carrying it forward, Eddie and Manny and the young men of the day open their imaginations to miraculous occurrences in their own times.

They are loners, eccentrics, budding intellectuals. Often one story clarifies and extends an ethnic dimension introduced in another. Imagination allows people to survive. It was necessary for each person to imagine it for himself. He starts the story with the mysterious tale of the girl who was drowned and then frozen in ice by her grieving father.

Childhood and Other Neighborhoodsoriginally published in by Viking and reissued in by Ecco was released one more time by the University of Chicago Press last month. Ethnicity also means Catholicism; in fact, Catholicism in the form of childhood experiences with the church, the parochial schoolor the religious practices and attitudes of the immigrant generation permeates these stories and poems and often is the singular definer of Polish culture.

For a long time during the period covered by the story, he loses contact with Manny because he has to quit high school and work a night job to pay his bills, but then, one spring day months after they have seen each other, he goes to Manny’s apartment, and they resume their friendship just as it had been before.

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Eddie says he is not going to the jail with him again, and Manny agrees to do something else the following night. But it is the tolling of the bells from the steeple of St. Over the course of four annual meetings, from tothe council discussed such matters as the church’s relationship dbyek other faiths, the role of the clergy in the lives of their followers, and the reform of the liturgy used during Mass.


In reality, the union of Pole and Chicano represents the changing face of America and of Polish Americanness.

In stories like “The Cat Woman,” the ethnic markers suggest a composite Slavic cultural landscape although discerning readers might interpret the markers as the outlines of Polish-American culture. While some of the rumors, such as the ones that have him die in jail or run away to another country, might seem plausible, it is more likely that the ones that have him remain a part of the community as a ghost or phantom are the ones dybke will survive to be told to future generations.

Repeated images between this passage and the opening passage quoted above abound. The story is that an editor’s assistant at Viking was laughing hysterically while reading one of my short stories. As hit move through their days, Dybek renders with precise clarity the details of a city in transition, mixing memories of ice delivery and sharpening carts and streetcars and riding boxcars with the oppressive, looming presence of the county jail and the boarded windows of a neighborhood that is slipping away from memory.

Though Dybek has lived in Kalamazoo for almost 30 years, his gritty yet magical short stories are set almost exclusively in the Southwest Side of Chicago overlapping neighborhoods known as Pilsen and Little Village, and later called El Barrio. Still, he did not think of becoming a writer.

Eddie approaches life as a bystander at the beginning of the story. Joey, a young third generation American, remembers attacks of bronchitis and his granny swooping down upon dhbek, bathing his neck with a glob of Vicks and wrapping it in her babushka, applying camphor to his chest, filling the rooms with steam, mixing xybek, lemon, Jim Beam, and boiling water for him to drink and for herself too.

When Eddie and Manny do not see each other for a few months, the narrative explains what Eddie has been up to, while Manny’s actions are left dybbek.

Pancho asserts his belief in modern saints, referring got Roberto Clemente, a baseball player who died in a plane crash while on his way to help earthquake victims in We all know the world does not work like this, in neat circles hlt framing devices.

Comparing Two Linked Short Story Collections: Dybek’s Coast of Chicago and Brown’s Street Games

Doubt haunts us, nothing is certain, but it all feels real enough. When he returned home to his neighborhood he found his name included on a plaque commemorating those who had died in battle.

I don’t think you can demonstrate humor or vitality except by testing it. In fiction for children, Anne Pellowski lovingly describes growing up ethnic in the Latsch Valley of Wisconsin.


It begins with the story of girl who had been molested then drowned in the park lagoon about thirty years earlier, during World War II. While they are out on the street drinking, Dybej takes Manny to see one of his favorite window displays, the neon palm tree at the Coconut Club.

He knew now where they were taking her, where she would finally be released. Instead, he is noted for his devotion to his friends. You can take the man out of Chicago, but you can’t take Chicago out of the man—especially if you are talking about Western Michigan University English professor Stuart Dybek.

By the trestle they hit their rhythm. In “typical” fashion, he draws attention to the presence of cultural differences eybek the first few lines and then iec to develop a generic ethnic cultural landscape which seems to have few particular Polish markers. She knows about the old country and the new, where “all the incompatible states of Europe were pressed together down at the staticky right end” of the radio dial.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Taking the characters at their word, believing what they believe, would make the world of the work a magical place where supernatural things can occur.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Historically a quiet minority, they have been eager to acculturate, assimilate, and melt into the mainstream.

Dybek, however, establishes Till’s parameters, physical and psychological, within an ethnic landscape. He has recently returned to the neighborhood after having been in the Veterans Administration hospital, and jot feels that the neighborhood has changed in the weeks while he was gone.

The Evening Reader Thoughts on books to read in your spare time At one point, Dzia Dzia’s story melts into that of another Polish immigrant and national icon, Frederick Chopin. It is one of four Dybek stories that have won O. Stuart Dybek was born on April 10, into a Polish family, in a Chicago neighborhood similar to the one in this story. He is a devout Catholic, but he also is a hoh member and engages in life on the streets. For instance, the opening paragraphs, relating the background information about the girl in ice, contain a broad perspective, explaining what a variety of people knew or thought of the story, but dybeek information is then oht into Eddie’s mind, with the narrative mentioning several times that the details being relayed are just the version that Eddie had heard or had imagined.