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Eleven Kinds of Loneliness by Richard Yates
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Feb 19, 2011

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I am generally not a fan of short story collections, but this one is fantastic.

The stories are simply told but have realistic and beautifully drawn characters.

I like that there is a subtle theme across the stories. I find this not to be the case for most short story collections and I believe a necessary part of a well thought out publication. As the title suggests the theme is loneliness. But it is not the predictable loneliness. Often it is Loneliness while among people, the most heart wrenching kind.

It could be depressing to read too many stories in one sitting, but in general the stories are not depressing - and you will laugh at parts.

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