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All the Rage: Stories MP3 CD – Audiobook, 29 Apr 2014


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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (29 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480584665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480584662
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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"The book is filled with lyrical beauty, wry humour and acute observation, imbued by a willingness to dig deep and give voice to the reader’s rawest emotions. All the Rage is an outstanding collection, full of stories to be savoured." (Ally Nichol List)

"This book celebrates love like a hungry dog celebrates the corpse of a rabbit... Kennedy is, if you like, the Anti-Cartland... Magnificently bleak." (Jojo Moyes Independent)

"One of the most consistently dazzling writers of her generation... Kennedy's stories are a little like love: no matter how many times they break your heart, you still come back for more. This collection proves, once again, that it is always worth it." (Katy Guest Independent on Sunday)

"[Kennedy] is the god of her own godless world. Her prose moves in more mysterious ways than mere comprehension will allow." (Tom Adair Scotland on Sunday)

"A.L. Kennedy's masterful new collection... Stories appear to roam chaotically, like the mind, but of course they are neat, perfect messes." (Vicky Allan Herald) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A dozen stories: a dozen ways of looking at love, or the lack of love. Over five previous collections, A. L. Kennedy has shown herself to be a master of the short form, with a perfect way with sentences and a voice so distinct as to be instantly recognisable. Shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Hassall on 2 Aug 2014
Format: Hardcover
This brilliant writer tends to follow the narrator's stream of consciousness second by second. This doesn't always translate easily into words and so there a fractured sentences, repetitions and so on. Sometimes the meaning and direction are unclear for a while and then gradually they come into focus, particularly on rereading. An art analogy would be an impressionist painting which comes into focus only as you step back. Occasionally I was tempted to think it was obscurity for obscurity's sake, but I think any difficulty for the reader comes from the nature of the reality which the author is trying to convey, as in some poems, and this comes close to prose poetry. A.L Kennedy's facility with words, her ability to convey a situation,a scene, something you've only ever had on the edge of your consciousness, hardly capable of verbalisation, is stupendous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Aug 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I read a piece of advice in one of the reviews - you almost have to go back and re-read the stories one you finish each and every one of them and have an insight as to what is really happening in the narrative. I simply did not have will/power/desire/any interest to re-read the stories. Some of them (2, to be frank) I liked and enjoyed, the rest are depressing, self-indulgent and lacking any "rage", instead there is an abundance of monotonous and repetitive inner dialogues, depressive observation and no redeeming final at the last page. You are never really told what the story is about (and yet the author is speaking to you - i.e. using the second person narration), you are given a number of clues and then bam!, the ending is revealing and yet there is no real satisfaction.

I love short stories, I almost prefer them to the multi-page novels. But A.L. Kennedy's creations left me untouched.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Sullivan on 16 Mar 2014
Format: Hardcover
Here are twelve short stories whose primary theme is love. But that large, pristine, smooth block of marble known as love, is, in the author’s hands, chiselled into monuments to lust, heartbreak and loss. Scattered around these monuments are small chunks of hope and humour that have been allowed to remain intact and which the reader stumbles over every so often as they look up at misery sculpted large.
The writing style is staccato like and too often obtuse and dense. There is a stream of consciousness that permeates most of the stories with internal dialogues that at times feel like their pushing the reader away with their repetitive, minimalistic style of narrative.

“And meanwhile you, there’s you and you were, you really, you absolutely – I absolutely – in all of the ways I would like to – in all the ways I would like
But I
But I
But I
But I
Phone would be better.”

From, 'A Thing unheard of'.

But this repetitive, minimalistic style though at times distancing is honest. People’s external and internal dialogues are full of repetitious phrases and words that are used to make a point, or to make sure a word or phrase was heard by those listening. We look to validate a point and/or our place in our discussion group by repeating words and phrases. We repeat words or phrases in our internal dialogue so that when we have to repeat them out loud they will hopefully make sense.
There are moments of laugh out loud humour. The story, 'Baby Blue', finds the protagonist in a sex shop surrounded by disembodied vaginas and penises.

“Chocolate-flavoured condoms. They had chocolate-flavoured condoms.
You like penises, you like chocolate, why not both?
There are many whys for not both...
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