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The Whole Story and Other Stories by Ali Smith
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Sep 05, 11

Read on September 05, 2011

My wife and I grabbed this one earlier in the summer at the library sale in Louisville. I had read Hotel World a million years ago after buying it at the Strand and recalled its haunting, inchoate characters. Memories of that appear rather reinforced by some observations in London a year or so later.

I read the first two stories around the time of its purchase and found both intriguing. The third story, the protagonist sees Death at the train staion, I felt glib and stopped there. I read the fore-mentioned story today in entirety and then finished the collection. Smith does a fine job of going half way with a protagonist's perspective and then switching to the partner or counterpart. Stories make me tired. They also inspire a longing for novels. Its deeper there.
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