Sunday, January 26, 2020

The School Play by Gary Soto -- Review

The short story "The School Play" by Gary Soto is about fear of the main character, the boy Robert, who was desperately afraid of forgetting his lines in the school play. The author describes phobias which some people face.

Robert had only two phrases to say during the play “Nothing's wrong. I can see,”. He repeated it for many days answering the questions of other people, he said it even his dog when the dog asked for something to eat and to drink.

What was the denouement of the story?  ... Readers can know at the end of the story.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Beach Boy by Ottessa Moshfegh -- Review --

The short story, “The Beach Boy” by Ottessa Moshfegh was published in the magazine "The New Yorker" in 2016. The narration is guided from the site of a married man. The author presents an everyday routine conversation between a husband and wife. It looked like it would continue forever but the death of a wife and the photo with some beach boy changed the life of the main character.
The process of transition of personality was described in the story most distinctively.  The main character wanted to find something fresh. However, the ending of the story leads the main character to nowhere, which may disappoint some readers.
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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Yogurt by Ronald Wallace -- Flash Fiction -- Review

The story "Yogurt" by Ronald Wallace belongs to the Flash Fiction genre. It is short in size and it covers only an instant of life. Here the guy started thinking about divorce with his wife when suddenly an unexpected event happened, he got yogurt in his face from the stranger. 

He cried - “Jesus, it's such a... a..."
“Violation?” She gave him the word he was looking for.

He looked at his wife and his previous intentions disappeared. They love each other, now he was sure.

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Gigolo and Gigolette by William Somerset Maugham -- Review

The main characters of the short story "Gigolo and Gigolette" by William Somerset Maugham face the choice where many circumstances merge together: the fear of death, love, and self-sacrifice.  Society is cruel, the public wants to see something that tickle their nerves. The ending of the story can't be classified as happy or unhappy. It carries the idea about the power of love which can lead ... to death.
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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

"A Holiday Task" by HH Munro (SAKI) -- Review

A short story "A Holiday Task" by HH Munro (SAKI) is about a strange meeting the main character, young man, Jerton had with a young attractive lady. He helped her in identifying her personality.
What happened next and how Jerton fulfilled his "holiday task," readers may know after reading this funny short story.
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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Bohemia by Mikhail Bulgakov -- Review

The story "Bohemia" by the famous Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov is written in the style of a diary. There is no traditional structure in the story such as introduction, climax, conclusion. The story is like a sketch of the everyday life of a person.
The events refer to the year 1921 after the Russian revolution. The narrator described the mess in the society at that time. He wrote a revolutionary play about local life in Vladikavkaz. The author presents it with humor and irony. Even without a logical ending, the story might be interesting for readers as a chronicle of life as seen by an eyewitness of that time.
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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Mateo Falcone by Prosper Merimee -- Review

The novel "Mateo Falcon" is written by a famous French writer of the 19th century, Prosper Merimee. The plot might be shocking. The story is about eternal spiritual values. Following the spiritual values, the main characters began to do horrible things.
This story is also described as depicting the Corsican style of life and attitudes of people towards each other. The ending of the story is intriguing with an unexpected conclusion. Readers might have very different opinions about the moral of the story. 
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