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IMMORTALITY (and other short stories): meditations on the beauty of this finite life Paperback – March 20, 2013
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Josh Barkey's IMMORTALITY (AND OTHER SHORT STORIES) is a fascinating collection of twenty-two tales that manage to cover a wide array of topics and geographic locations, and his characters are memorable in their own right. In these tales we meet Jono as he confronts a horsefly in a most surprising way. We encounter a very profane parrot with one particular repeated word, along with its owner. There's Thurman Bellweather, a grizzled man of fifty-nine, who goes through a surprising metamorphosis of sorts on a September morning. We meet Kurt, the fierce tiger hunter at the age of ten, and then there's Paddington, propped on a corner shelf, in his second life when most bears only got one.
Author Barkey's characters come to life with his descriptions, and the title story 'Immortality' is a good sendoff to this collection, right from the beginning. In 'Fear: a Love Story' we encounter Madeleine Beauregard, a confident woman from outward appearances, but with her own inner fears. It's the way that the author puts together descriptions that bring the reader back to read certain passages over and again, as can be seen here:
"Madeleine was thirty-one, and possessed of librarian good looks and a breezy savoir-faire that could easily drive a man to distraction... and often did.Read more ›
What happens in this little miracle of a debut is the discovery of Josh Barkey, a young imaginative iconoclast who has such a fine way with words that each of these twenty two stories - in some ways related to the fact that despite the bumps in the road, the fleeting moments of incivility, the occasional kick to the gonads - is another way of affirming that Life is beautiful.
In his initial title story (which feels more than a bit autobiographical) about two immigrants from Peru who find work in Vancouver planting trees: `Something about it clicked for Joey...The raw, unmitigated communion with the wild woods. The daily battle against the land, the sky, and most of all, himself. It was like he was born to put trees in the ground. Joey sank into that world. He `became' planting.' Something about the strange occupation, the words, the comma placement makes us think there is joy here. But as is so often the manner in which Barkey opens a story, the real message is in the first sentence: `Nobody ever blamed me for it, but love can kill you just as quick as anything. He [Joey] was there, after all, because of me.Read more ›
Each story was engaging and unique! The book is well written and enjoyable to read, I Highly recommend it!
I was thinking of lending it to my friends, but I'm just gonna make them buy a copy for themselves instead!! :)
Each of these short stories is reading art. It is poignant and real. It does not care if it offends but pushes on through, driving the point home. I like to feel immersed when I read - to lose myself to the golden trail of imagination and joy. Each tale drew me in deep and held me under until they suddenly ended and I realized I needed to come up for air. That is a rare thing today, indeed.
Methinks this author is a diamond among glass. If you're considering this book, hesitate no longer. You won't be disappointed. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
- Ashley L. Knight, author of The FINS Trilogy
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Josh Barkey just plain knows how to write. And obviously, draw and paint. Good grief. His stories are unpredictable in a very good way, creative, realistic at times and fanciful... Read morePublished 13 months ago by wxwmama
Good read..this author never disappoints...check out his older books....Published 15 months ago by Samshooter
Set against backdrops as wide-ranging as a New York taxi cab and a Hutterite colony pig pen, featuring characters as diverse as an oak tree and a taxidermist, this... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Hannah
This is a very good collection of short stories, heavily influenced by the author's time spent planting trees in Canada as part of the reforestation programme. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ignite
The book was well-written and held my attention. The short stories were intriguing and left me wanting more. Tree planting is an occupation I never thought about. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Pamela K. Mercer
I've enjoyed reading Josh's blog for quite some time, so for that - and other reasons - picked up this book assuming at least a decently good read. Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by Darren
The Author has a great writing style and has the potential to go far. I look forward to reading more from him.Published on October 20, 2013 by Early Riser
Have yet to finish the book, however the content of what I've already read is well written and thought provoking.Published on October 20, 2013 by John I Lucardie