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The Moth Paperback – 3 Sep 2013
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"Passionate . . . brilliant, and quietly addictive."--The London Guardian
"[In this book] the stories not only maintain their oral integrity but also take on new dimensions, allowing you to ponder a turn of events or to swirl the language around in your head without missing the next part of the story."--David Vecsey, NYTimes.com "The 6th Floor" blog
"Burns, artistic director of the award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, frees stories whetted for a live audience onto the page, proving the richness of great storytelling: that one can gain as much as a member of an audience communally cringing, laughing and weeping, as a reader privately surrendering to the complicity of human experience."--Publishers Weekly
"When I started to read the new collection 'The Moth: 50 True Stories, ' [the storytellers'] distinctive voices turned on my audio button. It felt as if they had channeled these stories to me."--Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune "Editor's Choice"
Pull up an easy chair and settle into the most spell-binding collection of real stories you will ever read. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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In Neil Gaiman's introduction, he explains one of the basic tenets of the Moth: "Honesty matters. Vulnerability matters. Being open about who you were at the moment in time when you were in a difficult or an impossible place matters more than anything."
Each storyteller chooses a moment in their own lives as basis for the content of their stories and they tell it as it is; except that they don't. These are stories, not fact. And being honest and "leaving out things you don't need" is not the same as not embellishing them with your own perspective, distorting accounts to highlight or tune out aspects of the situation accordingly. And that's what makes this collection enjoyable. You develop a relationship with each storyteller in those few moments that you listen to (or in this case, read) his or her tale, empathising, being wowed by, and at the same time learning more about the teller, because his or her personality inevitably slips through. Whether it is the high class socialite who tells about her trysts with the Brunei prince and his brother in his harem unabashedly, the junkie who falls in love with a fellow rehab patient who was suffering from AIDS and finds a moment of grace that he is forever unable to repeat, or the death row inmate who was wrongfully accused and spent eighteen years in prison, they all have a confession or some learning to share.
Some stories work well, and some not as well, but what is captivating about them all is the way they appropriate the feeling of a campfire sharing session, and whether you are totally engrossed by the story or distracted by your burning marshmallow, you feel the warmth of the fire and the intimacy of the baring of souls.
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