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Θα ήθελα

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  11 reviews
O μπαμπάς βλέπει πυγολαμπίδες. H μαμά δοκιμάζει στα κρυφά παπούτσια χορού. H μία κόρη έχει ευαίσθητα αυτιά. H άλλη στρώνει υποδειγματικά το κρεβάτι της. Έξω βρέχει. Oι αμυγδαλιές ανθίζουν. Kι ένας κόκκινος μπερές στροβιλίζεται στον αέρα. Ποιος γράφει, όμως, τις ιστορίες στο Θα ήθελα; Όσοι δεν έχουν υπομονή για αινίγματα ας πάνε κατευθείαν στην τελευταία ιστορία. Όποιος, όμ ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 19th 2005 by Εκδόσεις Καστανιώτη
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Michalopoulou writes that she set out to "write stories that would read like versions of an unwritten novel," but, with the final such "version," "I'd Like (Orchestral Version)" deflates that claim. It is something of a shame to have this appear on the jacket copy: it collapses the focus that the reader can bring to bear on the book's "stories," as even reading them as "stories" tends to do.

Forget about "versions of an unwritten novel," forget about "stories," and you will be better served. As
A dazzlingly beautiful cycle of stories, all of them fragmentary and allusive. They come closest to all being traumatic recreations and workings-thru of some primal event that itself remains incomplete.... I think that's a little misleading, because I think the last story means to give the game away, but that's less interesting to me, and anyhow, the last story leaves out too much to really stand on its own.

That said, a really interesting, rich and rewarding collection. This one's a winner.

aidan w-m
the writing is decent, but its contrivances fail to make up for its inanity.
John Brookes
I started this book of short stories called "I'd Like" late on Saturday and finished it early Monday, which probably tells you how much I enjoyed it.

As the author, Amanda Micalopoulou, states in her afterword, instead of a general anthology; she ended up writing "stories that would read like versions of an unwritten novel", and indeed they do. That is not to say that the stories themselves are not self-contained, they all are, but there is a - sometimes bewildering - series of motifs and themes
Dimitri Anastasopoulos
Very strong collection. The best story was "Teef," as it kept teetering between realism and fable. Sometimes the tendency is to exoticize the foreign, and since I don't know exactly about psychiatric treatment facilities in Greece, it's hard to tell the fabulous from the real. The story walks tightly on either side of the line and keeps the reader in suspense, while the narration is masterful and confident in exposition, but this confidence is upended in the dialogue. Michalopoulou is a gifted w ...more
I really enjoyed this short book of interwoven short stories and the way they built up on each other slowly, so that every time I read a new one I re-thought whom and what they were each about, and which ones were maybe dreams, or wishes, and which ones "really" happened. Yay, random library find!
Asma Fedosia
I'D LIKE is essentially about a family--Dad, Mom, Christina, and Stella the youngest who narrates the book. Direct dialogue rather than willful acts tells the nonlinear story but leads to some fuzziness and wonder. Michalopoulou writes that the stories makeup a family's biography (129). Their sequence and Stella's memories mix up biological time, so the reader must wade through the temporary confusion. The characters can be at times nameless impressions, signaled by a red beret, a talent for bal ...more
This is a collection of thirteen short stories linked through imagery and ideas and recurring characters. Michalopoulou writes in her afterword that these stories talk about their own origins as well as of the fictional biography of their creator--an interesting intention, no doubt, but one that might have failed if each of these stories had not been masterfully crafted. As it is, each one is a gem. A brilliant collection from a very talented author.
Dec 09, 2012 Geitwn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Ok I i read this in Greek, and i simply consider it the best thing I have ever read by a greek writer. An absolute masterpiece, I'd like is a study on human wishes, thoughts and feelings, that everyone should check out. My favourite book.
a compelling display of pyrotechnics in prose poetry. the author is totally feisty, too.
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couldve read alot more of these...
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