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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Fill in your details below or click dybke icon to log in: The neighborhood’s link to the past is not only tied to the views of one man, though. Those who live in the older ethnic neighborhoods have experienced a change from a basically Eastern European population to a mixed neighborhood of Americans of Hispanic and Slavic descent, primarily Mexican and Polish.

He is a young man of Polish descent in a neighborhood that is increasingly becoming Mexican. The nun at the local school believes the girl should be canonized as a saint. At the same time, they are acutely aware that they ache for something they cannot name “but knew was missing,” as the narrator of ” The River ” phrases it; and that “things are gone they couldn’t remember, but missed; and things were gone they weren’t sure ever were there.

In ic, Pancho’s spirit icee. She uot by the hot tamale man with his striped umbrella; she hears radios turned to Latin stations; and she refers to the young man’s car as “Pancho.

Antek’s report that he encountered her in a butcher’s freezer may be a figment of dybbek liquor-soaked mind, a convenient fiction for someone desperate to believe. I would not normally think of reading short stories but the Granta Book of the American Short Story has lots of good short stories for reading for leisure.

Dybek never identifies his characters as Poles, nor do they refer to themselves as Polish or as Polish-American. Childhood and Other Neighborhoods hor, originally published in by Viking and reissued in by Ecco was released one more time by the University of Chicago Press last month.

He has recently returned to the neighborhood after having been in the Veterans Administration hospital, and he feels that the neighborhood has changed in the weeks while he was gone. The events of the story cause each of them, in his own way, to cross over from childhood to adulthood.

The communal perspective is made even clearer when Pancho disappears from the county jail: While “ethnicity” is still the norm by which his protagonists view the world, Dybek insists that contemporary urban ethnicity must be defined differently from that of preceding time periods. More importantly, Dybek’s third generation fellow Polish ethnics are just as frequently paired with Hispanic friends as with fellow “Poles”: I want the reader to be there.


They ran into each other at a bar, then walked over to the jail, where they threw snowballs at the wall. In truth, the period of immigration and old world ties has long ago ended for his ethnic Poles. They go back to the jail, where they once had hollered up at the building when they believed that Ie was inside.

Hot Ice | Introduction & Overview

His young dybsk are updated modernists who, like Stephen Daedalus or Alfred Prufrock, wander city streets content with their own alienation and superior to the urban blight and social chaos that surround them.

Fox on an Island Gabriola, BC. People who knew how to be happy. This story is told in third-person limited omniscient point of view, which means the author limits what he reveals to certain characters, all of which is told in third person. I was shocked, and remember thinking, ‘How could this happen to me?

Even here Dybek concentrates not on Polish but on ethnic expressions of and responses to Catholicism. Eddie and Manny approach him, laughing and drinking and in a good mood, and offer to buy him a drink, which Antek refuses. You can take the man out of Chicago, but ide can’t take Chicago out of the man—especially if you are talking about Western Michigan University English professor Stuart Dybek.

A Study Guide for Stuart Dybek’s “Hot Ice”

I try to make the rhythm of the language musical in my stories. In writing about this little ethnic enclave, I am writing about America,” he pronounces, as we sit in the kind of trendy, pseudohippie cafe that one finds only in American college towns like Ann ArborIthaca or Chapel Hill.

Inside, prisoners call back to them, mocking. In “Hot Ice,” Eddie admits that “he had given up, and the ache left behind couldn’t be called grief. She’s a delight to work with, and it’s a privilege to work with her. If it was grief; it was grief for the living. She also shares ide soup with her neighbor, Mrs.

Some people say that he hanged himself or was killed by another inmate; others say that he became a trustee and escaped; others say that he was transferred to another jail for the mentally ill; and others say they have seen him walking the streets of the neighborhood or lighting a candle in church or riding by on an elevated train. One of the consequences of this has been a failure to acquaint other Americans with Polish culture—its history and literature—or to establish a recognized ethnic literary tradition.


They have no conscious sense of themselves as Polish-American or as ethnic in the usual sense of descending from a common history, religion, geography, and set of traditions. At the time, however, the Catholic Church was actively trying to be more open and less mysterious.

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He attended Catholic grammar and high schools and then enrolled at Loyola University, on the other side of the city where a more urbane culture prevailed. While Manny attends Good Friday mass, Eddie sits in the back of the church. Traditional ethnic borders give way to a heightened social and moral sense that replaces geographic maps and national origins.

His dream of escape is mirrored in the end when they ic to release the girl in ice at about the same place in the lake, giving the freedom that Manny once desired.

This, my friends, is a very risky way to write. Two poets turned to prose. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

The late appearance of the actual girl in ice and the way that Manny Santora and Eddie Kapusta deal with finding such a mythic figure appear to come from a reality that is different than the one set up in icw preceding pages.

Rosellen Bot and Stuart Dybek. Polishness is rather cumulative, dependent partly on recurring signifiers and partly on the interconnectedness of the stories themselves. As is typical of much of his work, Dybek mixes realism with fantasy to create a specific sense of place. This point of view permeates those stories involving Americans of Polish descent.

At the end of the story, Eddie and Manny, who have been out all night, come to Antek to ask him to buy them some more alcohol. The author of numerous poems and short stories, including a collection of verse Brass Knuckles and two ddybek of fiction Childhood and Other Neighborhoods and The Coast of ChicagoDybek is among the first writers of Polish descent who write about the ethnic self to receive national recognition.

He looked exactly like one of the street-savvy, toughguy, weather-beaten characters in a Dybek short story. You icee commenting using your Facebook account.