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Light Lifting by Alexander MacLeod
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Feb 10, 2011

liked it
bookshelves: canada, short-stories, contemporary-fiction
Read from February 28 to March 02, 2011

sigh... another collection of depressing short stories. well - that's my overly simplified first statement about this book.

in actual fact i am having a hard time putting my finger on the exact reasons why these stories didn't really sit with me that well. as short stories they don't really need to fit the classic element of plot ('who reads for plot anyways, right?') but still there is some aspect of how MacLeod tells his stories that is just... missing something. but there are some stories that i really liked (Miracle Mile, The Loop, and Good Kids) mostly because MacLeod can flesh out his characters really well pointing out those little gestures, points of view and actions that give us insight into someone (Skibsrud could use some lessons here!). Other stories were so painful to read i would almost call them nihilistic (Adult Beginner I, Light Lifting).

so yeah, this isn't really a very helpful review at this point... hopefully some more reflection on these stories over the next few days will help me sort out what left that bitter taste in my mouth...


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Robin I'd be interested to know if any bits stuck in your memory. the train, the hair grab, the jump onto water and lurking boat prop? Great writing in my view.

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