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;. 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; character.

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The very last section is then told from Manny’s point of view, with his observations and thoughts.

It is through his perspective that readers are first told the story of the girl frozen in ice, with the details that Eddie remembers hearing ever since his childhood. This is perhaps best expressed in “Hot Ice,” where Manny and Eddie reenact a childhood ritual jot visiting seven churches on Good Friday afternoon. They go back to the jail, where they once had hollered up at the building when they believed that Pancho was inside. We created a world of our own, side by bot with the adult world.

Dybek renders Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, as he does in other stories, in harsh, unforgiving scenes of urban decay. The second section begins with Pancho already gone from the neighborhood and in jail.

This is absolutely amazing to me—to work with the same people who work with Montale. But there’s also magic and joy in Dybek’s Chicago, perhaps springing from that heady, combination of ethnic folkways and Roman Catholic rituals that colored Iris childhood and now infuses his tales.


A Study Guide for Stuart Dybek’s “Hot Ice” – Gale, Cengage Learning – Google Books

The old ones are the Catholic myths, the stories of martyrs and saints that have inspired the faithful for generations. This is a story about urban reality, but within that reality, this is a story about myths. She knows about the old country and xtuart new, where “all the incompatible states of Europe were pressed together down at the staticky right end” of the radio dial.

But better to shoot for the poetic moon rather than hide behind a shield of irony, right? They have, paradoxically, reinvented and reinterpreted themselves Fischer I came in when publishing was the way it was. He was the first person in his family to go to ydbek. Nonetheless, they are the voice of cultural memory. In the first page the reader also encounters the Slavic-sounding name Leon Sisca and the Catholic mysteries of Palm Sunday. Henry Award for short fiction.

At first, they merely peek in and leave, “as if touching base. Stanley Rosado is Pepper to some and Stashu to others, reflecting his Mexican father and Polish mother. On the surface, the new ethnicity appears to be nothing more than the camaraderie of friends thrown together by demographics. For this generation ethnicity is a sociopolitical reality, a sensitivity to pluralism, and, as James Clifford phrases it, “a conjunctural not essential” state of mind.

Eddie is one of the main characters in this story. Almost any book she does I like. This, dybekk friends, is a very risky way to write.


In the ensuing years the girl’s fame has grown: In the story, Eddie describes Manny as a realist. Bankowsky’s A Glass Rose is perhaps the best novel about Slavic immigration in all of American literature. They sit talking at Manny’s kitchen table for a long time and then remember that it is Good Friday.

See, deep down inside, Lefty, you know more than you think. When they pass by an open fire hydrant, Manny says that he can smell the water of Lake Michigan coming out of it.

Introduction & Overview of Hot Ice

Dybek’s recollections of his entree into book publishing continue with yet more larger-than-life characters added into the mix. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Her body is rumored to still be frozen there and to have special, magical powers: The lce main characters in “Hot Ice” are in their teens, even though their socioeconomic situation has atuart them to take on adult behaviors early. Adalbert’s, then finally to the church of St. Polish culture, for example, often enters through the back door.

There is no denying the gritty portrait of ethnic Chicago he paints. Some of the theories about his fate such as that he might have killed himself or had his throat slashed or even that he was allowed to take the judge’s offer retroactively and choose military service over jail seem plausible.