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The Happiness of Others

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"The Happiness of Others" brings together the best stories from Rooke's first two books published in Canada, "The Love Parlour" (Oberon, 1977) and "Cry Evil" (Oberon, 1980), both now out of print, with a selection of stories from "The Broad Back of the Angel" (Fiction Collective, 1977) which was never available in this country.

At the centre of this collection is the novell
Paperback, 260 pages
Published August 30th 1991 by Porcupine's Quill
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Jun 20, 2008 Andy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: moderately adventurous short story fans
I ended up giving this four stars even though a few of the stories were either disjointed to the point of incoherence or just not very interesting, because the rest were extremely good and one is a masterpiece.

Rooke's strategies and stylistic approaches vary tremendously from one story to the next making it a little difficult to discern an authorial voice but what does come through is his masterful control of language and the wonderfully surprising turns taken by his sentences.

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