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The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios by Yann Martel
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Nov 30, 09

really liked it
bookshelves: short-stories

I'm not a big fan of short stories but I loved the title story about two young men, one of who is fatally ill and the other who supports his friend through this trying time. The ill young man doesn't really want to talk directly about his illness so the two friends take turns making up a story about an Italian family, the Roccamatios, who come to reside in Helsinki. Each episode of the story indirectly reflects the progression of the illness until the young man dies in the end. In our day and age, any story about two young men who are close makes one wonder if they are a gay couple--but men can be close friends without being gay and I chose to hope that this story was about two such friends.

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