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- Print Length: 107 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CU8QSAG
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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He offers us a microscope with which to peer into the lives of others, past and present. Billions of minds and moments, fleeting fears and desires - this is what Long Stories Short reminds us of, that all around us, as we are perceiving, there are others perceiving too. The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows describes this as "Sonder".
"Sonder n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own--populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness--an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you'll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk."
Long Stories Short for the briefest moment in time zooms in one of these lives, gazing deeply into the inner life of someone who would usually be opaque to us. The gaze shifts rapidly, moving quickly between time, place and circumstance, each scene collapsing fluidly into the other.
From the sorrows of a solitary Geisha in post-war Japan, to contemporary England where a child has gone missing from a street party, his increasingly desperate mother frantically searching for him amidst the debris of the celebrations, to a panicked Heaven under threat from the invasion of the human race, horror-filled seraphim and cherubim, grimly anticipating their fate.
As exhilarating as this can be, at times I perhaps would have liked an even sharper, narrower focus on just one suburb or city or series of events. The stories are all beautifully realised, but sometimes I felt like too much of an aloof observer, moving dispassionately from one anonymous narrative to the next, without an opportunity to really grasp its complexity or connect with its characters.
Nash is certainly capable of this type of detailed exploration, as his richly populated stories and animated use of languages evinces.
His is a truly original voice and Long Stories Short is a master class in writing as a higher art form.
Marc Nash pushes the limits of language, not a word is wasted, forcing the reader to think about what they are reading, demanding a response to the words. Images conjured up are often surprising, sometimes disturbing, occasionally funny. Marc is adept at looking at situations from a different angle, making the mundane into something strange and exciting, or treating the extra-ordinary as an everyday occurrence. So, a neon cowboy can live and dream, or a jailbird can solicit a macabre love token.
Marc Nash continues to challenge perceptions with this third collection of flash fiction.
I really like his covers.
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