Love a good short story anthology. Being various, new Irish short stories.
Danielle Mc Laughlin and Kevin Barry have new work in this so it’s pretty much bliss for me!
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Into the woods by John Yorke debates censorship in art.
He says”Censorship removed psychological truth and replaces it with denial, wish fulfilment and propaganda. It makes for neither better drama or better psychology. Pretending the world isn’t cruel may be far more damaging for children than showing that it is.”
I think the cleaning up of fairytales is a shame. Children are able to take in all sorts of characters and dilemmas through the safety net of a book shared with teachers or parents. There is no point sheltering children to the bad or good parts of life. Sheltering only causes low self resilience and coping skills.
What do you think?
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When all is said by Anne Griffin.
Just finished this and it was the perfect read for holidays. I read it on the tran, train, bus, plane, cafe, bar and playground!
The main character, Maurice really affected me. His voice made me tear up many times.
This is a story of what happens when you regret much of your life. We are being asked to love Maurice despite his failings and asked to forgive him for the last chapter.
I’m really impressed with this novel, the writing is easy to read yet poetic in places. It’s a beautiful idea for a tale and the author’s command of the plot is to be commended. Well done. Well done.
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Current short story read is Nicole Flattery’s debut collection, Show them a good time.
Loving the title, cover, artwork and the general feel and pacing of her writing.
Nicole has so much to say, she observes meticulously. This is not a collection to be devoured.
I’m taking my time to read, every sentence is a story and those sentences have to get time.
I’ve read the first 3 stories, really enjoyed the opening story of the collection, Show them a good time but am noticing her protagonists, so far, are of one and the same type.
This might be a strength or other!
Either way, her writing, her thoughts, her style, her everything are genuinely fresh and genuinely dark and genuinely quirky. It can be easy to dub a book “dark” but I think that term needs to be carefully weighted and selfishly given.
Dark lies the island, the film. How excited am I? This will screen at the Dublin Film Festival 2019 with a Q and A. Tickets are selling fast. I’m in!
Can we trust new writing? Is it any good?
Reading an old collection of short stories from Alice Munro. I’ve finished and loved the first two. They are both masterpieces and not a stroke is out.
I’ve discussed modern writers and established writers at length with a friend of mine. He reckons that we can trust writing by dead or established writers. Writers like Raymond Carver and Alice Munro or Joy Williams. I agree to a point. I read contemporary and established writing but I find it’s usually the established writers that I am most moved by. I am less moved by contemporary writing though that’s not to say it doesn’t happen. Kevin Barry, Danielle Mc Laughlin and upcoming Nicole Flaherty’s collection intrigue and fascinate me.
Clare Keegan told me once she only reads dead writers. #unsure
What do we think?
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