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Living Lies, Dying Truths (Stories of Everyday's Woe) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 101 KB
  • Print Length: 17 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stories of Everyday's Woe Publishing House (March 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NM95KO
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebone on March 26, 2012
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One of the mistakes most reviewers make is to review the author instead of the literary work on offer. In this short fiction, Cheyenne Lazar has woven a story of love lost and love never known with an awesome touch. True to the old adage that true love is impartial, we meet a man whose devotion to his ailing wife comes before everything.

Living Lies, Dying Truths is an unpretentious, if honest tale of a husband coming to terms with his wife's incurable disease. The care and love and hope Pannier exudes prolong Myrtle, his wife's life to an unceremonious end whose exit leaves hidden questions clamoring for that elusive truth. For it is with Myrtle's death that the truth will be known.

Lazer cleverly but deliberately introduces us to a child who has never enjoyed the warmth of a father. Mabel appears detached because of Pannier's army duty. Later on, though, that would change. The fact that Pannier loves Mabel dearly signifies the guilt and inadequacy ravaging him. Here we see the concept of universal love, even when Pannier regrets the Army prescription that robbed him of early fatherhood joy.

Lazar espouses the tenet of unconditional love even when Pannier never doubted the legitimacy of his daughter.

The story, however, turns heartbreaking and has elements of a tearjerker, as the truth about Mable the daughter is revealed. Myrtle dies and Mable leaves the nest. Unable to live without his beloved, Pannier, that strong military man, crumbles under this stark, harrowing reality that he actually lost a biological son. It is within the confines of an asylum that both father and 'daughter' struggle to make sense of their inherited loss.

Billed as a first in a series, Living Lies, Dying Truths promises to enthrall the reader with a dark tale intertwined with sorrow and yearning for truth. Indeed, the reader is left desiring more of the deep secrets of the Panniers and the son that never was.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Friederike Knabe VINE VOICE on April 2, 2012
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George Pannier has returned from the war, impatient, after three years, to finally take his beloved wife, Myrtle, into his arms. He can't wait to meet his child that was to be born shortly after he was forced to leave. But the atmosphere at home is not what he had expected. His wife is withdrawn, avoiding his tender embraces and only shrugging her shoulders when he inquires about causes. His little girl, Mabel, is a delight and he compensates with love and attention for the time lost. George's emotional stress and worries about his wife does not diminish over time, neither does his affection and love. And, when tragedy strikes, we sense his anguish and also his guilt for not having insisted on receiving answers and taken the necessary initiative in time...

South African author, Cheyenne Lazar, has given us with LIVING LIES, DYING TRUTH a very moving and intimate story, the first in her first upcoming collection of short stories. While she concentrates on one family, their struggle to come to terms with their personal circumstances, the themes she explores are universal: love and loss, secrets and lies that will and should not stay hidden forever. Lazar most confidently depicts the emotional turmoil of the father, with neither the mother or the daughter coming fully to life as independent characters. Setting this short story in a timeframe that spands decades, with the most important events occurring in the earlier part, the later developments are, understandably, only sketched briefly. However, as the title alludes to, there are truths to be revealed at the end. Lazar's debut shows promise for more. 3.5 stars [Friederike Knabe]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick G Cox on March 26, 2012
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As a recent convert to Kindle eBooks I stumbled across this short story while browsing for things to try. I'm glad I did, the story covers some important sociological issues. It is set in the period 1919 to 1948 and deals with the problems faced by a single family. If I have a criticism it is that I felt the author could, perhaps, have fleshed out her characters a little more, but this does not interfere with the main thrust of the story at all.

It is a tale of tragedy, very well told by this young authoress, who succeeds in creating a believable scenario and carrying the story through, with the key element revealed, finally, right at the very end. There are hints that all is not what it appears, of course, but these are not overplayed and the final revelation provides a double hit.

It was certainly worth the price.Living Lies, Dying Truths (Stories of Everyday's Woe)
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