Někdy prostě prší
Cesty do literatury bývají někdy trnité, ale u Michela Fabera tomu tak nebylo. Stačilo mu psát si dvacet let do šuplíku, učit se řemeslo a nakonec se nechat svou ženou přesvědčit, že už by nemusel psát jen pro sebe. Povídkou Někdy prostě prší na první pokus vyhrál soutěž Iana St Jamese a téhož roku triumfoval povídkou Ryby v Macallanově ceně. Nadějného autora si záhy povši...more
Where to start with this sumptuous anthology of short stories? Coming across this author, whom I had never heard of before, was yet another serendipitous find in GR through reading friends’ reviews.
As soon as I saw the title I knew that this book was ...more
Some Rain Must Fall is his debut collection of stories and the signs are already present of a rare talent at work. There is a such a wide range of styles on show here that one can't fail to be impressed: some are surreal, some are satirical, ...more
That was a relief, because I loved Faber's "The Crimson Petal and the White" (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...), but was shocked by how much I disliked the related short stories, "The Apple" (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...).
Many of these stories have a wry humour and a dream-like sense of disorientation, at least initially, but there is no unifying theme (which is not a criticism).
Miss Fatt and Miss Thinne are not, respectively--although they later become so, monstrously. The apocalypse is full of fish. God didn't create the world, he just found it in the trash heap and thought it was neat. You can fake a Virgin Mary, but you can't make her veil. Something about a hand. Africa. Also Poland. It's hard to find romance in a sex shop. A lonely nun keeps vigil on the edge of Suicide Point. And so on.
And I've just removed this book from my culling shelf. It looked in ...more
Those two stories were great. A month later, I've forgotten the others.
Some Rain Must Fall - *****
A substitute teacher of a spe ...more
The book starts off with the story that lent this collection its name and “Some Rain Must Fall” isn’t for the faint of heart – it actually is one of my favorites and knocked me right off my feet. The next story, “Fish”, has a surrealistic, post-apocalyptic setting and fe ...more
However, I enjoyed his The Fahrenheit Twins much more, as it contained a lot more quirky, surreal stories.
Faber was born in The Hague, The Netherlands. He and his parents emigrated to Australia in 1967. He attended primary and secondary school in the Melbourne suburbs of Boronia and Bayswater, then attended the University Of Melbourne, studying Dutch, Philosophy, Rhetoric, English Language (a course involving translation a ...more