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The Man in the Shed

2.85  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Short stories with a twist.
Library Binding, 265 pages
Published 2009 by Text Publishing, Melbourne, Astralia
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Maria Chatzistogianni
Loved his writing style, and the setting and the fact he is portraying (I think) real every day life. I prefer of course to read happy stories all around, but his weren't so sad. Just life. And life can be not very happy at times. And if you identify in any way with any of these short stories then you are probably normal, and not the happiest person on the planet.
I don't get to read many books set in Australia or New Zealand so it was fun to read. And all I had to do was read a story at a time.
Ben Thurley
Dec 15, 2012 Ben Thurley rated it liked it
Lloyd Jones was really not thinking about happy marriages when he wrote these short stories. Most of them are focused on small-scale marital infidelities and betrayals, where desire and loss take on a kind of ironic weight. A man pulls his own wife from a fish-hook as she is swimming, a torn patch of short shirt emblematic of a wife's loss of trust in her husband, and loss of security and dignity in her marriage.

Some of the stories are engaging and even haunting. A few a neatly constructed and
Nov 13, 2013 Fran rated it liked it
I bought this book because I LOVED Lloyd Jones's Mister Pip and I was eager to read his short stories. His terse and economic style comes through here. There is some humour and some powerful observations and deep understanding of the lives his short story people live. No question he is a masterful writer. Perhaps I was expecting more feel good stuff (why??). His stories left me uncomfortable (not a bad thing). I continued to read because he's a good writer, but my heart hurt.
May 28, 2013 Patricia rated it really liked it
These short stories are set in NZ and Australia. Some have just enough information to keep you guessing and wondering about the outcome.
Jun 03, 2012 Kate rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-clubs
A book club read - hmm not really my thing. I am not a fan of short story collections and sadly this did not improve my impression.
May 21, 2012 Arna rated it it was ok
Still not a fan of short stories, a couple were OK. If it hadn't been for book club, I would not have finished.
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Lloyd Jones was born in 1955 in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, a place which has become a frequent setting and subject for his subsequent works of fiction. He studied at Victoria University, and has worked as a journalist and consultant as well as a writer. His recent novels are: Biografi (1993); Choo Woo (1998); Here At The End of the World We Learn to Dance (2002); Paint Your Wife (2004);and Mister ...more
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