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And for this, I applaud J.F. Smith's successful attempt to remind me of things we sometimes like to forget.
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Each period of our life has a certain degree of hardship and bad times. And it is ourselves that must find the strength to carry on, it is us that must discover the good things and hold on to them until "this too shall pass".
A lovely story, despite the sombre subject.
I always am impressed with a write who can successfully write a short story. I feel that it is just as difficult to crystalize thoughts and themes into 25 pages or so as it is to write an extended novel. This is a story rich in metaphor: the swamp, the dark water, the old man, the tatoo.
Very nice positive story.
For me, the message was a bit too much in-your-face, a bit too... uh... preachy for lack of a better word, but it IS a good message, so I guess that's alright :)
But the novella really isn't about any of that at all. Instead, it's a amazingly beautiful look at life, happiness, and self-reliance. It's a tale of who we are despite where we are. It's an uplifting story about looking inward for happiness and not outward.
This short had plenty of substance. I just was not quite in the right headspace to receive it. This is the first work I've read from this author and I didn't expect it to be quite so eloquent and vibrant. His writing styl ...more
Now this is a lesson every gay kid experiencing shit should learn from. And it's true. You can't really blame other people when you were the one who gave up. It's hard but it's all about having the right perspective. I know I've been given shit my whole life but I never let it affect me in a way that made me think of myself as someone less. High school is just a temporary place. Even when things don't turn up well after that, that too is temporary. It does get better eventually. You just have to...more
We never find out why the protagonist ends up in the Marsh awaiting the ferryman but I suspect suicide. Well written, beautiful language but beware, this is a story of despair and does not have a happy ...more
For many authors, a short story can be incredibly difficult to develop the characters, details, and emotions needed to help the reader truly understand and experience the story from beginning to end. However, this is not the case for JF Smith. The Sticks transports the reader and it is... bewildering, painful, hopeful, beautiful. JF Smith has a gift and I am so thankful he is sharing it with us.
I read this as it was short and would cover me for a challenge I was doing.
Actually this is my favourite book by JF Smith.