Downloaded this for free because I'll read anything by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It is only about 12 pages long and I wish it was longer! Definitely has poteDownloaded this for free because I'll read anything by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It is only about 12 pages long and I wish it was longer! Definitely has potential to be a great story with a very legendary feel....more
Another beautiful book of short stories by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. I seriously cannot recommend his works enough. This is only the second collection thAnother beautiful book of short stories by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. I seriously cannot recommend his works enough. This is only the second collection that I've read but I've since bought everything he wrote translated in English that I could... I've never been one for short stories (something about the brevity of them made me feel like they were always unfinished) but I LOVE his stories. They are so magical yet written so beautifully. Simplistic, yet full of detail. The Europa edition includes pages from the author's diary from the time in which he was writing these stories. They offer some great insight into the author's passion for short stories which really made me understand why I loved his so much. I also loved the idea of how the writer becomes the character in whose perspective he is writing:
How do authors of crime novels manage to lead a normal life? I fear for my loved ones... Over the last few days I've become as vicious as my killer, I am no longer the least bit charitable, I kill people with my remarks, and it leaves me jubilant. In the kitchen, I see flasks not of oil or vinegar, but poison; I dream of horrible things while I season my sauces. Yesterday evening I was almost disappointed to be serving a mushroom fricassee which contained nothing dangerous.
Having read his stories, I found it incredibily interesting to go back and imagine him living through the eyes of his characters (especially the evil ones!).
The title story is definitely the best so if you only have the opportunity to read one, read that one! So poetic!...more
There are writers and there are storytellers. Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt is now on my list of storytellers.
I loved this book so much that I didn't know howThere are writers and there are storytellers. Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt is now on my list of storytellers.
I loved this book so much that I didn't know how to put it into words. Easily one of my favorite books this year...
...So I read some reviews -positive and negative- just to get some outside perspective. Here's what I came up with when I was done:
First of all, this is a collection of stories about women, most of which are narrated by women. Unlike another book that I read recently that was narrated by a women but written by a male, Schmitt's prose and understanding of the female mind and its compassion is exemplary. The writing was simple, which was perfect to counter the complexities that the stories reflected. They are stories about love, in all its forms, and how these different types of love are the driving forces of the beautiful creation that is woman. Excuse my sappy - but that's how you feel at the end of these stories. You can't help but love the women and appreciate them, despite their faults.
I was inspired by this book. Immediately, once I finished, I wanted to reread it - if only to be sure that I could commit all of the stories to memory. (I have the worst memory ever so I have the great fortune of being able to rediscover all my favorite books new every time! How's that for a positive outlook!) I wasn't taken aback by the simple writing (as some reviewers have mentioned) and it only served to inspire me to try to write some stories of my own. So that's what I shall do. I can only hope that I can write something that is a fraction as inspiring as these stories....more