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Like a box of chocolates.......,
This review is from: The Moth: This Is a True Story (Paperback)
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Let’s get one thing straight – although the cover boasts that this book contains 50 extraordinary true stories this is not really the case. Whilst it does contain 50 stories I wouldn't rate any of them as being particularly extraordinary. I thought that some of them were excellent, some were good, many were just okay but to be frank, some were a complete waste of time. What makes this book so likeable though is that the stories are only a few pages long; this means that if you are reading one that doesn't appeal you won’t be wasting too much time and you know that there is a good chance that the next one will be more to your taste.
The range of subjects covered are extremely impressive. For example, within a very few pages you can find yourself reading about an astronaut making repairs in space, a preacher finding a new way to tell the story of Easter, a female poker player playing for big stakes and a tale about a convict making illicit alcohol in Attica prison. Even though the stories are bunched together in sections with similar themes you never know what is coming next, it could be a comical tale or could be one with a deeply serious point to make. At first I planned to read this book by just dipping in and out of it, but I soon found myself getting carried away, finishing one story then looking forward to reading the next, intrigued about what subject I will be reading about next.
The Moth is the literary equivalent to a box of chocolates; it contains lots of bite-size delicacies all with different flavours. The chances are that there will be some you will like and there will be some you won’t but it’s nice to sample them all anyway.