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The Fahrenheit Twins and Other Stories Hardcover – 1 Sep 2005
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"By turns crepuscular, buoyant, delicate, wry, horrific, otherworldly, this worldly and organ-rupturingly funny collection is a vitamin-boost for the British short-story" (David Mitchell Guardian)
"If you want to see just how far the short story can take you, you have to buy this book" (David Robinson The Scotsman)
"As always with Faber, these stories are lifted by a delicate sense of otherness that suggest they inhabit a world almost imperceptibly parallel to our own" (Metro)
"I dread to think where Faber gets his inspiration from, but there's certainly no shortage of it in sight" (Independent on Sunday) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
An acclaimed collection of stories from the internationally bestselling author of The Crimson Petal and the White --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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I like the stories closest to street life, better, sweeter and more ironic than those set in a world of his own devising. This might seem counter-intuitive, given the success he had with the sublime Under The Skin, but it might be that the shorter form needs more of a basic grounding than a novel. Very readable and entertaining.
Many of the stories are great examples of how to thread a taught storyline through a wealth of prose. Some of the stories are examples of good prose with a meandering story but an ungratifying end. A couple of the stories are prosaic but pointless, as though the author is stretching his ability to write but not his ability to tell a story.
Nonetheless, throughout the book the prose is neither overwhleming nor sparse, which gives the collection a well written charm. The stories themselves are dark, mischievous and fun, and while some show Faber at his worse, the collection is an excellent example of how to woo readers with the short form.
If you're into contemporary short stories or something different then this is close to being a must read; if you're into Michel Faber, then you should approach this collection knowing that while he's an excellent writer, he's not always an excellent story teller.
This collection seems to contain stories written at many different times in Michel Faber's career, some of them perhaps dating to very early days, though I may be wrong. It's true that some are almost sketches, while others are more fully developed. Each one, however, grips the reader's imagination, and each one somehow ends with a completely unexpected twist. From an author of this quality, even sketches are of value, and there wasn't one which I would have left out, were I in the lucky position of being Michel Faber's editor.
Most of the stories are disturbing in some way. Some are very funny, and a few are downright frightening. Many end leaving the reader wanting to know more, and not every reader enjoys that, accounting for some of the negative reviews of this collection. However, this means that the stories continue to reverberate in one's mind for a long time afterwards, as one tries to imagine what happens next; so that enjoyment of them doesn't end.
For wicked fun and vigour, I haven't read anything as clever as this since Roald Dahl. Highly recommended.