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True stories of totally undeserved suffering. Spectacularly depressing. Nobody gets their just deserts. Crushing defeats. No happy endings. Abject misery. Pointless, endless grief. No lessons of temperance or moderation. No saving grace. No divine intervention. No salvation.  Sin, suffering, redemption. That’s the movie, that’s the front page news, that’s the story of popuTrue stories of totally undeserved suffering. Spectacularly depressing. Nobody gets their just deserts. Crushing defeats. No happy endings. Abject misery. Pointless, endless grief. No lessons of temperance or moderation. No saving grace. No divine intervention. No salvation.  Sin, suffering, redemption. That’s the movie, that’s the front page news, that’s the story of popular culture—of American culture. A ray of hope. A comeuppance. An all-for-the-best. Makes it easier to deal with the world’s misery—to know that there’s a reason behind it, that it’ll always work out in the end, that people get what they deserve. The fact: sometimes people suffer for no reason. No sin, no redemption—just suffering, suffering, suffering. Tales of Woe compiles today’s most awful narratives of human wretchedness. This is not Hollywood catharsis (someone overcomes something and the viewer is uplifted), this is the katharsis of Ancient Greece: you watch people suffer horribly, and then feel better about your own life. Tales of Woe tells stories of murder, accident, depravity, cruelty, and senseless unhappiness: and all true.  The Tales: strange, unexpected, morbidly enticing. Told straight—with elegance, restraint, and simplicity. The design: a one-of-kind white text on black paper, fluidly readable, and coupled with fifty pages of full-color art. ...

Title : Tales of Woe
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ISBN : 9781576875407
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 204 Pages
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Tales of Woe Reviews

  • karen
    2019-05-18 05:39

    john reed wants you to have a shitty day. he must. cuz he collected all these stories about bad things that happened to (mostly) innocent people and called it a book. for you. to have.rogue art that murrrderrrrrs, girls trying to get an education sold into the sex trade, elephant attacks - all "true stories of totally undeserved suffering." this is a reminder that life will kick your ass if it wants to. it happens every this dude: and this chick: and then i unfortunately took him up on the invitation to google "nikki catsouris death photos" which was pretty gross, but here's the not-human part of the crash:[image error]Scheiß, john reed thinks these stories will make you feel better about your own life- that if bad things happen to you, it is not because you are a bad person and karma has come for you, but because life is simply made up of "senseless unhappiness" and "human wretchedness". so deal with it. thanks a lot, john.this book is also illustrated.

  • Jasmine
    2019-05-18 23:34

    There is an idea in the west that buddhism and monasteries are about finding a moment of complete silence. This is not true in the east monasteries are commonly loud, not all buddhists spend that much time meditating. But here in the west I commonly am told things like "My roommate won't stop watching tv while I meditate, and it is fucking up my practice". This is not the point of a practice. This means two things first this person is clinging to his practice, second this person is paying attention to something and directing thoughts at it while he meditates. There is a new tradition that uses sensory deprivation tanks in meditative practices. This is wrong for the exact same reason that the first position is wrong. A buddhist practice is not about removing yourself from the world, it isn't about finding a space where the world doesn't intercede. It is about finding a place of existence in the world that you live in every moment that exists in a state of fluctuating piece. It should not be about separating yourself from the world, but about existing more fully as a part of the world not a running critique of it. I am according to many people a bad buddhist. When I meditate I do it for short periods of time, although I am soto zen the sangha I go to, when I go, is theravadan because I am not willing to bow every time I walk by an alter and be forbidden to speak the second I walk into a building. This is because buddhism is not an antithesis to my daily life, but because I see it as a fully integrated part of my personality. I believe that actions dictate who we are, and I am not the kind of person who bows to a statue or a teacher, regardless of my level of respect. There is nothing about either of these objects that make them worth more or less than me. Everything is sacred, nothing matters, everything is profane, everything matters. Now what is my point with all of this? well tragedy is a part of life that we integrate. Karen says john reed wants us to be sad. This book didn't make me sad. On one level that is because I am the kind of person who is, well lets just say it, a bit creepy. On hearing about a 4th suicide at bobst, I was not sad, I was proud of the person. After all the precautions put in place that was a motivated suicide. Normally copycats are less motivated, as are most depressed people, and won't do it if the method is blocked at all. I am also the kind of person who when told about a man being beheaded on a greyhound wondered how the assailant managed to finish without someone trying to stop him, after all beheading is a bit like cutting down a tree, not terribly easy. So I am the audience for a book of horrible deaths just as a rule. My mother on the other hand is delusional by choice. I mean this as active choice. She tells my brother and I not to tell her things because she would rather not know they exist. She is the kind of person that could never read this book. Now to return to my conversation about buddhism, I am not depressed by this book because to me crimes like this are no different then music playing while I meditate. I don't believe that things like this don't happen, or that they won't happen to me. I know plenty of people who were murdered, or died in car accidents growing up to believe that there is something special that will stop this sort of thing from happening to me except perhaps the fact I will never be able to afford a ferrari. But I have accepted just as I have excepted the world goes on around me always that if one of these things happens I won't know about it in all likelihood and it will give john reed material for his second book. I don't believe there is something better for these people after this, I don't believe that someone is punishing them. The world is not a good place, but it isn't a bad place, then truth is worse than that. The world just doesn't care at all. and that I think is truly what this book is about, and that is a doorway into a true meditative state. Everything is sacred, everything is profane. You are not a unique and beautiful snowflake.

  • Samantha
    2019-05-12 23:44

    I thought I'd plow through this book of 25 stories in the way that I plow through the Best American Short Stories or Essays of the year. Not so much. The misery, horror, and, well, woe portrayed in these true stories keeps me tiptoeing past some and peeking back at others as I rubberneck my way through the book. The writing, per usual for Reed, is excellent. And the content certainly gets across his (seeming) point, that even though we're inundated in the media with happy endings and softened edges, in reality life is at best unfair, and at worst unfathomably tragic.Pick up a copy of this book, but take it slow, or you may not want to get out of bed in the morning.

  • Jacob
    2019-05-09 03:33

    On one level, this is a really depressing book. True stories with no happy endings. All misery. Bad things happen to good people. It's just awful. Still, it's a cathartic experience. The author writes in a dispassionate, journalistic style that never tries to elicit sympathy for the characters, but still does. It's like a compendium of urban legends, if they weren't legends. Double Feature: read this then watch the film Grizzly Man, the story of which is discussed int he final story.

  • Eve
    2019-05-02 05:21

    Initially I was confused by the format of the book: Seemingly unrelated short stories back to back about horrible things that happened to people. But, reading on, I understood the title, and got the sense that one gets while peering to the side of the road to see how gruesome the car accident was--you can't help but continue reading. The narratives read well, are concise but thorough, and seem well-researched.

  • Robin
    2019-05-18 00:26

    There's nothing amazing about this book. Read it in an hour. Nice artwork.The theme? Bad shit happens. Really gross awful shit happens. I'm not being apathetic. Sort of. Pretty pointless. I think fans of rotten . com would have appreciated it.

  • Ben
    2019-05-04 03:30

    Its all the worst things you can possibly imagine, told as if you've never heard them before, fresh and absorbing, and readable, compulsively readable, as everything Reed does has been, and certainly will be.

  • John
    2019-05-09 00:32

    This book made me a better person.

  • Katie
    2019-05-01 23:32

    The kind of book we read I think out of morbid curiosity. This one you are easily able to dip in and out of, although I wouldn't recommend it for those with a weak stomach.These tales are of gruesome real events, written by John Reed, and coupled with lurid pictures, drawn in a pop art style by artists 8pussy, Elisabeth Alba, Stephane Blanquet, Delia Gable, Kiki Jones, Patrick McQuade, Ralph Niesp, Sarah Oleksyk, Alex Warble, Chadwick Whitehead, and Michele Witchipoo. You might even remember seeing these stories on the news, Harold Simpson is caught by police raping a dog, there are chopped up body parts found in a freezer, and tragic Nikki Catsouras. Gruesome stuff that you couldn't make up. Reviewed on The Reader's Handbook I received a free copy to review.

  • Ben
    2019-05-17 22:26

    If it wasn't for LibraryThing's Early-Readers program, I'd never read this trash. It's a completely pointless and worthless book. Firstly, there's nothing enjoyable about it. And I'm not squeamish or one of those "you can't write something ugly or bad" or "everything needs a happy ending". This is just nothing more than grabbing horrific news stories and turning it into a book. And a poorly designed, badly written, with a few grammatical errors, bad unneeded disgusting artwork, and then calling it a "novel" and that its "Greek Catharsis" and that we should feel better afterwards for not being these people involved.The writing is poor at best. Its tempted journalistic style, and where it is journalistic style, its because its just ripping straight from headlines, even using direct quotes already found in the news articles it mentions in the 'short stories'. Nearly every single 'short story' has some quote from an accompanying newspaper/newsite/etc, and in most cases it uses the same exact quote and same information these news articles, sites, and papers used. Making you wonder how much writing John Reed had to actually do, and what if any was the point of this, when if I just wanted to read horrific news stories.... I could do a simple google search or even read a regular newspaper? There is plenty of tragedy, debauchery, ugliness, and disgusting behavior by humans all over the world. And it belongs in literature all the same. But this isn't literature, and it provides no point. Well written fiction showcasing tragedy, debauchery, ugliness, disgusting behavior, etc, is fine, admirable even, and does a far better job than this 'novel' ever could. It doesn't even come close to even decent 'non-fiction' writing, and has no style, no substance, nothing more than newspaper clipping style of horrific events tacked on with pointless artwork displaying the gratuity for its gratuitous sake. Its published by MTV Press (which isn't surprising at all) and seems to reflect the culture that MTV has become and represents, and seems aimed at the vacant brained Jersey Shore crowd that MTV now single-handedly created and thrives on.If it wasn't free I'd never ever even begin to think to buy it and wouldn't even know why I'd be looking for something like this. Just flipping to the back of it now and seeing that the recommended price by the publisher is 20.00$ (flat US - 24$ flat Canada), I find it even more amusing trying to figure out who would pay 20$ for such pure rubbish.

  • Joseph F.
    2019-05-12 01:20

    There are some truly shocking stories here, but many seemed to me pretty much what you would hear just by watching the news on a regular basis. But maybe I've become cynical.What made this book stand apart for me are the illustrations. They have been criticized as grotesque by some. They are actually, but I found that for this book it worked for me. When it comes to human depravity, as well as unfortunate accidents, life can strike us as meaningless and unfair at times. In a word: grotesque!One more thing, the author seems to really hate Sarah Palin! In one story about a prison rape that had little to do with her, there is an image of Palin sitting cross-legged and exhibiting what seemed to me a pseudo-sexuality. In another story that took place in Alaska, one involving bestiality, she is quoted as saying that in Alaska they love their animals. Under this quote there is a woman in a provocative pose. Who it is I'm not sure, but the woman and quote had nothing to do with some dude that tried to screw a dog. Of course, maybe the author was trying to show that Palin is hypocritical: she shows her love for animals by shooting them from helicopters. That's her way of "screwing" animals.Talk about trying to get your political views in a book!Not that I'm any kind of Palin supporter. ; )

  • Rami Shamir
    2019-05-02 02:20

    John Reed is a collector of late capitalism’s neglected: he fills the void of the investigative reporter, who is quickly being exterminated by the likes of Good Morning America and The View; and 'Tales of Woe' is Reed’s memorial to those world-neglected who’ve become invisible in the downward spiral of corporate hegemony to corporate tyranny.

  • Andrea DeAngelis
    2019-05-01 04:44

    Tales of Woe is an amazing and wrenching journey. I couldn’t put it down. Believe me that I wanted to. But as horrific as the tales were, they were as vivid and indelible as the accompanying illustrations. I was unable to sleep until I finished this short masterpiece. But now I may not be able to sleep again.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-21 01:36

    Poorly written. If you're going to use names can you make sure your editor at least makes sure they're consistent? In one paragraph John Reed referred to Mr. Valencio as Mr. Valencia, switched back to Valencio, and then incorrectly wrote Vaalencia. Either John Reed is just plain awful or he trusted the wrong editor. Either way I hated this book.

  • F.C. Etier
    2019-05-20 01:44

    My wife read and reviewed this book. Here is her review: interviewed the author. When the interview is published, I'll post the link.