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A wonderful collection of stories
on 5 September 2014
You can't really go wrong with a book that is in any way affiliated with Neil Gaiman. He may not have written this book, but he provided the foreword so that's good enough for me. Generally his name isn't associated with poor work so I had hoped that I'd be in for a treat with this book, and I wasn't disappointed.
The moth is a story-telling event that travels to cities throughout the US (and internationally also this year it would seem). Anyone can submit a story and, if successful, they'll be asked to come to one of the events to read it, and the Moth directors will help them to tell the story better. It doesn't sound like anything particularly special, but it is. The stories are all true, and it's the way in which they're told and the connection with the audience that makes these events work. At the time of the book's printing, there have been over 10,000 stories told, and this is a collection of just 50 of them.
There are some stories that interested me more than others, but that's to be expected. This is a solid collection of stories and I wouldn't say there are any bad at all. The stories range from light-hearted and funny to downright heartbreaking. Some are for entertainment only, while some seem to offer lessons and some are truly inspirational. There's a great mix of story-tellers too, from 'everyday' non-famous people to celebrities, and everything in between.
While writing this review I skimmed through the book again as I wanted to list my favourites, and what I actually ended up doing was spending a good hour reading some stories again. What this little exercise showed me was actually how stellar this collection is. There are far too many great stories in this book for me to list every one that I loved, but a few of my favourites were 'A Kind of Wisdom' by Ellie Lee, 'A Perfect Circle by Carly Johnstone, 'My First Day with the Yankees' by Matthew McGough and 'Whatever Doesn't Kill Me' by Ed Gavagan.
I think it's a fair assumption to make that anyone who loves to read enjoys a good story. I therefore would recommend this collection to everyone. Even if you're not a fan of the short story form when it comes to fiction, I'd still say give this a chance, you might be surprised as it really does work for true stories.