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Long Stories Short by [Nash, Marc]
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Length: 107 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1815 KB
  • Print Length: 107 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CU8QSAG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,458,248 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Marc Nash seems to take great pleasure in and full advantage of the depths and breadths of the English language, every metaphor is fully developed and constructed with eloquence and conceptual rigour, evoking powerful, graphic imagery in every one of the stories.

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.
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Here are 32 stories - each one as different as the next, though they all have the hallmark Nash word-wrangling and dark humour. There are coming of age stories, crimes, thrillers, fantasy, even a touch of romance. Though, as always with this writer, there is a sting in the tale when the love of the fair sex is involved! Some are straightforward narratives while others are written in experimental styles stretching the boundaries of form and language. Whatever the form and style employed, each is a big story squeezed into a concentrated pack.

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.
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Lovely collection of short stories, some humorous, some sad, some disturbing, some curiously romantic..give it a read.

I really like his covers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 10 Nov. 2013
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A collection of short stories that will provide food for the mind and soul. Highly recommend it to any lover of short and flash fiction. I am a big fan of Marc's work and once again, he did not disappoint. Looking forward to the next book!
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