“If you have ever felt that the table at which you sit contains everything and everybody that matters to you, like a little boat, then you know how I felt. It doesn’t feel secure at all, but rather a little tipsy. It is unnerving to love a single place so much. There are no anchors to the world outside, the cities in the distance, the country around you. There is just this: the six of you afloat so happily in the temporary day.”
Review: This realist collection of 6 stories really took me by surprise Continue reading
May is short story month, and if you’ve been following me for a while you would know of my penchant for short story collections. I thought I’d share some of my recommendations from the collections I’ve read the past year. Continue reading
Category: Short Stories
Author: Jen Campbell
I finally got around to reading The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night, an eclectic collection of stories that sadly, didn’t impress. Much as I adore Jen’s book tube channel and I truly wanted to love her collection, I couldn’t let it jade my actual experience and thoughts. Not to sound the least pretentious, but having read a decent number of collections, I feel much more confident in determining if a collection is for me and pointing out what worked & didn’t. So here’s discussing all my thoughts. Continue reading
Category: Short Stories, Realist stories
Author: Kseniya Melnik
This realist short story collection turned out to be such a pleasant surprise! Snow in May is a collection of stories set in and around the Siberian port town of Magadan situated closer to Alaska than to any other major Russian city. Despite a bustling hub, Magadan has a dark and tumultuous past, as it was once a gateway to the Gulag network, Stalin’s cruelest labour camps and stories resonate with a tinge of the town’s dark past.
In 2017, I discovered the magic of short story collections. I have heard a lot of people complain that they find it hard to get interested in short story collections as it doesn’t give enough depth and story to get involved. Somehow, for me, I have never had an issue with that. Short stories allow you to flit in and out of characters, experience different settings and experiences and emotions, all within a few pages. I also feel its perfect for subway commute reading. I usually end up finishing a story one-way.
This book is so uncharacteristically unique: it’s a collection of dreams as the title suggests. Time is the central character, and it comes disguised in as many forms & interpretations that can be conceived, or rather, that Einstein can imagine. And throughout, it has this surreal, dreamlike, hallucinatory quality to it. I wasn’t completely onboard at the start, but the more I read, the more fascinating it became.
Realist Short Stories, Cultural : Mixed
Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian author of Afro-Carribean descent, and her collection, Foreign Soil, confronts the different forms of cultural divide. Her stories tackle really important themes of race & identity, the feeling of being alienated, displacement & longing, and in the process shedding light on the darker crevices that divide people.