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3.0 out of 5 stars Choose with care, 12 Nov 2012
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Christopher H (Keilor, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Telegrams of the Soul (Paperback)
This book was not at all what I expected. I felt the American readers' comments embellished what is contained in this slim volume.

The book is thin, and comprises a series of short reflections - some are prose poems - on the quirkiness and foibles of people. Most of them are less than a page in length. So it is probably best to approach this as somewhat like a volume of poems.

There is no apparent structure to the selection. Indeed, there are no publication notes indicating when and where each piece was first published, which is unfortunate because you cannot tell if the passage is written by a young or mature writer, and where it sits in relation to current events. Which pieces, for instance, were penned during the First World War?

The heart-warming, and at moments eccentric sentiments conveyed by these pieces are a rare joy. They are written with tenderness and an infectious humour. Much is conveyed by the title 'Telegrams of the Soul', for this is a book to take up and browse through if you have a case of the blues. It does lift the spirits.
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Telegrams of the Soul by Peter Altenberg (Paperback - 4 Feb 2010)
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