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5.0 out of 5 stars The Essence of Fiction is Truth, 6 Mar 2012
This review is from: Death on Facebook, Short Stories for the Digital Age (Kindle Edition)
As a reader I've often lingered in the undergrowth of back story muttering "Cut to the chase!" In the busy swirl of our lives there just is not time to pause. In this wonderful collection, the reader is dropped into the action across cultures, generations and attitudes. I cannot say that there is something here for everyone because ALL of the stories are for everyone. For a few minutes you are in the midst of some other life. It may be a brilliantly observed parody of "fashion", the underlying tensions in an enduring love or the bloody denial of love to greed or philosophy.These stories have enough meat on the bone to give you something to chew. In my own case I found myself educated on a couple of cultural fronts. Each story takes the reader directly to the essence of the characters. Descriptions can be uncompromising - and do not expect any kind of reverence. Blaise Pascal once apologised for sending a friend a long letter. He explained "I did not have time to write you a short one". The good short story is not larger than life. It's just that the life in it is larger than the story.
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