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The Oscar Dossier

4.89  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Who exactly is Oscar? He seems to be one thing for one person and something quite different for another. Is he a brilliant artistic genius or a mad, lovesick fool? And the women into whose lives he sweeps with his wild Genghis Khan looks and his courtly passion each have their own tales to tell. Be beguiled along with them as you enter the slightly surreal world they inhab ...more
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Published May 3rd 2014 by Amazon Kindle
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Feb 27, 2015 added it
A wonderful collection of short tales connected with each other and yet unique and with quirky flavors. This 4 chapter dossier takes us into the marriage/love lives of the characters - starts with Oscar and Lily having tea, then he meets Judith with her polish swearing parrot, Wilfred, Judith's parents, Jay and Gregor.

I love the way the author has put the different characters/stories together and seamlessly connected. The love angle between Oscar and each of these women is fascinating and intere
P.A. Rudders
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These four short stories each look at the seemingly eccentric and enigmatic Oscar and the different women in his life, and of course a foul-mouthed Polish speaking parrot. Oscar is one of those larger than life characters, hugely talented and yet flawed in equal measure. There is a certain type of woman he is attracted to yet he seems blind to the love an altogether different woman has for him. The opening story introduces us to Oscar and his longtime friend, Lily. For some reason, these two nam ...more
Tom Benson
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I felt as if I was in a doctor’s waiting room and able to look into the minds of the others around me. If there is anything constant about books by this author it is the interest she makes the reader take in her characters.
Lesley Hayes doesn’t simply get into the mind of her fictional folk, because she uses them to get inside the head of the end-user; the reader. I’ve read several books by this excellent author and for days afterwards I feel as if I’ve met the people I’d been reading about. As I
Lorinda Taylor
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
These four interconnected tales are compelling and mesmerizing. They are really character sketches, of several dysfunctional eccentrics – people with sad lives (including a parrot and some “inanimate” toys). The detailed yet incomplete delineations leave the reader wishing to know more, and yet realizing that more isn’t really necessary (although I would really like to have known what finally happened to Wilfred). The tales are skillfully written (“A small TV screen flickered like shadows in the ...more
Angela Lockwood
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recently came across two stories by this author. They were so well written and clever that I was more than keen to try another selection of shorts by Lesley Hayes. The Oscar dossiers didn’t disappoint. I do love an English eccentric, and Oscar is a fine specimen. Flamboyant and loud but also riddled with insecurities. He always falls for the same type, thin broken women that are oddly robust in blocking his advances. This is a book of four short stories, about Oscar, a parrot and some of the p ...more
Cusper Lynn
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is said that the artist as the observer is also observed. In The Oscar Dossier this is the case. Using four stories, that each stand on their own, the author presents a mosaic of Oscar and those who know him. The story is at times comedic, tragic, and absurd. The author’s presence in this work is unobtrusive but identifiable in the compassionate intimacy with which these stories reveal the characters. The stories and the studies take the risk of being sketches in the artists note book, studie ...more
Robert Jr.
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Do you like stories that take one step beyond the ordinary and explore the true craziness that we all possess? If so you do not want to miss THE OSCAR DOSSIER. These four intertwined stories are a wonderfully quirky look into the life of a man - Oscar - and the three women who he loves, or, who he thinks he loves, or, who think they love him...hell..what is love anyway? I will say my favorite character is Wilfred - a cursing Polish parrot. I would greatly enjoy him sitting on my shoulder while m ...more
Ceri Bladen
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Within this book of four short, intertwined stories, Lesley Hayes has cleverly painted a vivid picture of each of the characters: an eccentric Russian/Polish man who has stuffed bears in his life, a swearing parrot, a lost and troubled Judith and, the only person who seems marginally sane to me, Lily.

These wonderfully quirky characters easily come to life when you learn a little more about them and their eccentricities with each consecutive story.

A quick, enjoyable read.
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Lesley Hayes was born in Deptford, in South East London, in 1948, and started writing almost as soon as she could talk. Her first story was published when she won a literary competition at the age of 13. Between 1966 and 1992 she was regularly and prolifically published in literary and women's magazines, writing stories, serials and articles, and in 1986 had a novel published called 'Keeping Secre ...more

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