- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1269 KB
- Print Length: 26 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Digital (5 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GIV5OLK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 222 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Faraway Smell of Lemon: A Short Story Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Hello, my name is Davida and I'm a Rachel Joyce addict. I am hereby publicly admitting that after I read her last novel "Perfect" I couldn't wait to read something else by her. So I immediately bought her short story "A Faraway Smell of Lemon," despite knowing that it was a Christmas story. (Being Jewish and living in Israel, most of these holiday stories don't interest me.) But I am truly glad I did, since it was not at all like any Christmassy tale I'd ever read before.
This is really about Binny, a woman who - much like me - isn't much of a housekeeper. So when she finds herself in a specialty shop of cleaning equipment, she feels very much out of her element. But that's not Binny's real problem, and with the help of the shop assistant, she finds herself on a journey of self discovery. Where she finds it taking her, surprises both Binny and the reader, and all within a mere 20 pages of prose.
This is very much a Joyce theme. Joyce knows exactly how to take something completely ordinary and allow it to affect her characters in an extraordinary way. More importantly, the emotional somersaults her characters go through are handled in a matter-of-fact manner, and never seem overly sentimental. With all this, she also includes almost poetic descriptions that become visually alive to the imaginations of her readers.
I'd be fooling myself if I found any fault with this story, aside from the desire to want more. With her short story "A Faraway Smell of Lemon" Rachel Joyce deserves yet again, a full five stars out of five.
I enjoyed this quirky short story which as well as being entertaining reading has some good advice for when you’re struggling to cope with an emotional problem. Quickly read but worthwhile.
And the context. We have all experienced stressful Christmas breaks, as Binny, in this story does. Binny is juggling nativity plays and an absent boyfriend.
Joyce, with a good deal of humour, takes the reader through a snapshot visit into the unlikliest of shops and an ultimate change in heart.
Perfect read for a 20 min journey home from work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed the Idea but was very disappointed it was so short, such scope for a loving story, it could have moved to another generationPublished 17 days ago by Sandra Riley
A very good short story about a lady who is feeling lost at Christmas. She only has Christmas Eve to sort out Christmas for her children. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Audrey Mc
I didn't enjoy this book, it wasn't the same standard as the novel's written by Rachel Joyce, I loved them and couldn't put them down.Published 3 months ago by Pauline Morgan