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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Nov. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A3VQFUK
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A Cat, A Hat, and a Piece of String Audio Download – Unabridged
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There is an interesting introduction to this collection, where Joanne Harris explains how she chose her title and, in addition to the main introduction, Harris also includes a short intro to each story - the first of which starts with "Stories are like Russian dolls: open them up and in each one you'll find another story" which leads us nicely into: 'River Song'. This story is the absorbing coming of age tale of Ngok and Catfish and Catfish's gang, which is set in Brazzaville, in the Congo. When Ngok is in danger of being excluded from the gang of children who earn their living by jumping into the river and riding the rapids for the entertainment of tourists, she decides to challenge Catfish by persuading him to take part in a very perilous bet with the proviso that if she wins, she stays in the gang. When Catfish takes up the challenge and ends up in very real danger, does Ngok opt to help him, or does she decide to take the glory for herself?
In the heart-warming tale 'Faith and Hope Fly South' we meet two lovely, elderly ladies living in a rest home, who are trying to cope with the indignities of old age when they still feel young at heart. When they are punished for a misdemeanor (escaping from the home and taking a trip to London) by being left out of a coach outing to Blackpool, our ladies try bravely not to show how upset they are; but then something happens which changes their day alone at the home entirely.Read more ›
"Faith and Hope Fly South", "Cookie", "Muse" and "Dee Eye Why" particularly grabbed my attention. And "Would You Like to Reconnect" put me into a thoughtful mood.
P.S. I was just searching Google for a table of contents of "A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String" to mention names of the stories that I liked the most, and what do you know, Google has actually have some of the stories from this book available for all to read through their Google books project! Check it out :)
The stories are quite varied so choosing a favourite is hard but I have to say that I particularly liked Faith & Hope, 2 old ladies with spirit & character.
A great book!
Each one is digestible and satisfying in one sitting.
I would recommend this book highly.
These tales are delightful little snippets of life where she introduces characters then manages them with an intensity just at the level required for a perfect short story.
I have tried to read them one at a time with rests in between to give me time to digest. With each story there is something to ponder afterwards and it's worth giving your mind a chance to consider before moving on.
It's quite astonishing how different the stories are from each other, although there are a few themes which emerge.
Joanne Harris introduces each story which serves to set the scene. Her presentation shows how proud she is of each of her "babies" and is a great way to reset your mind when approaching a new story.
It would be unusual to love every story and "Wildfire in Manhattan" didn't capture my imagination although I enjoyed the prequel (?) "Rainy Days and Mondays" very much.
Characters that stood out for me were Faith and Hope and others who were used to explore various mental health conditions.
There quickly develops a familiarity with her style even though the people have not been encountered before. I didn't notice the length of the stories or how long they took to read, just enjoyed them!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My one star is not for the content of the stories, it's because I bought the kindle edition of this book and it is jumbled up with pages missing and paragraphs repeated, making it... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have always admired Joanne's work, ever since viewing her film 'Chocolat'. I think Johnny Depp was miscast in that but that was not her fault! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shaun Ivory
Bought as a gift. Recipient said it had a good batch of thought-provoking stories.Published 6 months ago by Mr. D. G. Medley
Like her novels, this author's short stories are typically quirky and off-centre and therefore engaging - mostly. Read morePublished 6 months ago by lily mandolin