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Speaking With the Angel by Nick Hornby
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Apr 14, 2009

really liked it
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Read in April, 2009

Short stories are great fun, and this collection contains my favorite of all short stories, "Nipple Jesus," by Nick Hornby. I enjoy them all, though, and have read most of them twice.

All but two of the stories are from British authors, the most surprising contribution being perhaps from the English actor, Colin Firth. His "Department of Nothing" is quality.

In Eggers' (one of the Americans) story, "After I was Thrown into the River and Before I Drowned," the protagonist is a dog who is proud of his running and jumping abilities. In one scene, the dogs jump and the squirrels critique their jumps. One of the squirrels is heard to say about one of the dogs, "His jump was so lazy it makes me angry."

I can only hope squirrels are more gracious in their observations of us folks who are more, err, rational but less gifted in the running and jumping categories.
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Helen I found the introduction by Nick Hornby touching in itself.


Longfellow yes, i agree. i never knew about his son before.


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