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A great read for lovers of literary and experimental fiction, this debut collection was written with a compassionate eye for the fragile positions of women, the dispossessed and the poor. While experimenting with different styles and forms of storytelling, Ms Fick displays an acute insight into the mysteries of human nature. This collection of forty stories varies widely, ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published January 4th 2017 by Feathers Publications
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Tango With Text
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This book of short stories is one that will stay with me for a long time. In time, I will once again read this compilation, until I am able to process the vast array of emotions each story brings forth. Ms Fick has compiled a book containing many of her original short stories, some several pages, some just one or two lines, but each is powerful in its own way. From fable to fantasy and everything in between, this book showcases the author’s incredible talent. Different writing s
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Bandit
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What sort of short stories do you like? I prefer completed narratives, in other words just like a novel only shorter. This collection wasn’t it. These were snippets, sketches, glimpses into fictional lives of modern South Africa and as such, while culturally interesting, fictionally unsatisfying. The writing itself was quite good, but there wasn’t meat as it were to the book. Kind of like going to a museum and only seeing outlines instead of the actual works of art. Of, course, to go with that m ...more
Jo-Ann
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many of the best story tellers, Connie Fick is funny.
Her first book, Eye of a Needle And Other Stories, is full of keen, wry observations: “Her buttocks jiggle as she sweeps, they juggle as she walks. Up, down, up, down. Other women’s may sway sideways, but hers goes up and down, singing a rhythmic song; one for you and one for me.” (“Flying Ants”)
Some stories unfold with the measured hilarity of a Herman Charles Bosman stoep yarn (e.g. “Belinda” in which the Oom Schalk-like narrator tell
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Patricia Romero

Eye of a Needle: And other stories, is a collection of short stories, each a moment in time. I felt as if I were peeking into the windows of a dollhouse and observing people whose lives have no resemblance to my own at first glance but there was an underlying truth that linked us.

When I read a book, there either comes a time when I'm hooked or I'm out. The very first story I was hooked. I wanted more. This is a book that makes you think, makes you feel, broadens your view of the world.

Having see
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Kelly J Woodworth
I got chills, I chuckled, I wondered, and I teared up. This is a must read.

There are times when a short story hits the spot in the most satisfying way when done right. I have to say Cornelia Fick fills that need. Her short stories are powerful pieces jam-packed with rich detail. She uses precise words to paint a vivid picture and the feel of them carries you away. This collection includes 41 quick fixes to please any bookworm or reader who doesn’t want to tackle a novel length story.

The entire b
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Marie (UK)
May 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book really did very little for me. Short stories are not my favourite genre but I like them at least to have a plot that can be followed. Unfortunately most of these failed to have even a plot "Akere" was just a rambling mess of literary designs that did not work such as counting chapters backwards. There were a few that i liked - generally this of 4 or 5 pages rather than 20 or so or even the very short ones. There is obviously a theme of race / discrimination in a recently post apartheid ...more
Sarah
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Loved the book cover, its amazing!

A great book wherein the thoughts of women are reflected.

A must read for all women.

A thought provoking read to make the humans more humane.
Deborah Du
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant..Sublime..Fantastic..
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Amanda Bennett
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Haunting snapshots of human moments. Some of the stories left me scratching my head while others are permanently seared into the recesses of my mind. These intriguing short stories take place in South Africa, so many of the cultural references are disorienting. However, the author’s insights into humanity are raw and poignant. These are not feel-good stories, but they have a truth to them that packs an emotional punch.
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Cornelia Fick is a South African writer. She was longlisted for the Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award (2016). Her debut collection Eye of a Needle: And other stories originated from the MA in Creative Writing course at Rhodes University. She is currently a PhD student at University of the Western Cape. Her poems and stories are in Spelk; Itch; Botsotso; EXPERIMENTAL WRITING: Volume 1, Africa VS Latin Am ...more

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