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Crystal (Kindle Single) by [Hill, Susan]
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3.4 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews

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  • 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a very short story. It's one of the Kindle Singles, so that shouldn't be a surprise, but it's worth mentioning as much of the criticism I will level at the book is down to the length relative to the story being told. It took me less than an hour to read.
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.
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A good piece of prose writing with some wonderful thematic content but it is not fully explored in this very short story.
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Yes, I would have liked a bit more, and the end is left quite inconclusive, but it was enjoyable and I devoured it all at one sitting - as ever Susan Hill's books are difficult to put down! It goes without saying that it is well-written as are all her books.
Very short, but recommended and it was not expensive.
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Some of the Kindle Singles are disappointingly short, but this is a more reasonable length - about 33 Kindle pages - and Susan Hill has constructed a perfect evocation of an Irish Catholic childhood and the pressures on a young man to enter the priesthood. It isn't a cheerful story, and left me rather sad - but it is undoubtedly true to real life. In these days when we are all questioning the necessity of celibacy for priests, and the results of insisting on their sacrifice of any personal sexual life, the story has a very contemporary theme.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Aug. 2013
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John is pushed into training for the priesthood by his family with very mixed results. This is a short story and a quick read though it does make the reader stop and think. How far should we fulfil our parent's desires for us? How far is it acceptable to give way to impulse?

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.
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The mark of a short story to me is it grabs your attention and maintains your interest throughout. Sadly, although the acrual writing is superb the actual story didn't fully engage me.
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.
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By Karin on 1 April 2013
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Love Susan Hill and read a considerable number of her works. I did like this and felt it gave great insights into family life but was a little disappointed by the ending. I felt a bit left 'up in the air'.
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Susan Hill never, ever disappoints and this novel is no exception. This story is about a priest in Ireland and is surely a new venture for her. The writing is exquisite; the ending brings a lump to the throat. A truly heartfelt tale.
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