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Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules by David Sedaris
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Oct 30, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: short-stories
Read in October, 2007

This was a fine collection - some stories I had read, most I hadn't. A lot of the selections are very much what one expects from the "literary short story" - starkly written stories about children learning a hard life lesson, adults struggling with the futility of daily existence, etc. Not that there's anything wrong with those kinds of stories per se, but I sort of felt like I had already read this book at least once a semester for the five years I worked on my English degree, if you know what I mean.

There were a couple of standouts for me, though - "The Best of Betty" springs to mind.

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