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Little "Buddhist Catnaps", to quote Kurt Vonnegut.
on 28 November 2013
The stories of "LoveSexTravelMusik" are the right length for picking up and reading one at a time, but I read the book within one afternoon, and it delivered a satisfying 200+ pages narrative. There are different characters, with different values, different aims and ideals (some of them travel from one story to the other, characters, as well as ideas). The author, Rodge Glass, effortlessly gets into the hearts and souls of different protagonists populating his stories, to reveal their thought and musings and rationale for their actions.
This is not a collection of happy stories about wandering the world, and it never claimed to be. "LoveSexTravelMusik" comprises of mostly sad musing about our world, relationship, loneliness, reaching out to the fellow people, and travel, of course. The melancholy narrative is often sweetened with the so-called "Orientation" stories, in which Glass' humour is apparent.
After reviewing, my mind wonders about the 1-star reviews (claiming the stories were just about sex and alcohol and nothing more) - yes, some stories of this collection are of lower than average quality, and I am not at all keen on the title, but the book does not deserve a one star. It absolutely deserves more. Three and a half to four stars (but you have to love short stories).
P.S. Let me explain the title - Kurt Vonnegut once said, what zen is in Eastern meditation, can be achieved by reading short stories, he called the practice "Buddhist Catnaps".