- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 177 KB
- Print Length: 20 pages
- Publisher: Long Barn Books (19 Dec. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AR0K2TM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Short stories are an art form. A good short story will often encapsulate a moment or short period in time in a way a novel often can't. This book isn't like that, instead compressing what could easily be a novel into a very short piece of prose. It was easy to read, and entertaining while it lasted, but there's little depth. In fact, the two line product description is about the whole story - there's very little after that, which isn't what you'd expect at all.
The end, condensed in reality into less than a page, seemed rushed to me. I felt the book's narrative deserved more, and that whilst Susan Hill is undoubtedly capable of writing great short stories, this one should have been (a lot) longer.
Still, I've read much worse, and it's a good price, and what there was is enjoyable enough.
Very short, but recommended and it was not expensive.
I was a little disappointed by this story though I generally find Susan Hill's writing interesting and worthwhile. I think there were too many issues raised in the story which is very short and it doesn't quite work and the characters don't quite come alive.
John is the boy his religious parents had longed for after have five daughters. He is deemed special and set aside for God; it is expected that he would be given back to the Church and follow a vocation as a Catholic priest.
John wonders if this is God's will; it certainly is driven by his Mother's reflected pride - loved the line about floating above the ground to describe her joy and pride in her son.
The story is in the boys desire to please his family and serve his God.
It reflects well on him and perhaps speaks to our devotion to control others, especially our children and questions our own motives in the choices we make. A good read but not a memorable story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would not have bought this had i realised that it was a short story. I was just getting interested in the characters when the story ended. Very frustating!Published 10 months ago by mac
Normally like Susan Hill, but seemed to end suddenly!Published 10 months ago by glynis moores-coram
Okay a bit muddled story line not as good as past novels she has writtenPublished 12 months ago by Sylvia Pugh
No happy endings as such but some resolution to the main character's dilemma. A good quick read. Well written with beautiful description and eloquent language.Published 15 months ago by Clever cat