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Some Fun: Stories and a Novella First Edition Edition
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"Dick" concerns boyhood friendship or more to the point a warped version of boyhood friendship in which Dick is not at all happy that his friend Cole has moved to Colorado without saying goodbye: "(Dick and Cole) were children who deferred by instinct, not peacemakers but peacekeepers, knobby-kneed guys who had to be prompted to eat and encouraged to defend themselves against the other boys..." Then Dick disappears.
"Flesh Tone" is a "Ghost and Mrs. Muir"clone about a boy (Evan) whose mother (Merry) acts as his counselor long after she is dead: "Evan did not care if Merry was his secret; Merry had taught him the beauty of a secret life, the one unmeasured by others, and if unmeasured then unjudged, unknown in the most fundamental way, something held close as a heartbeat, a phantom voice near the ear, the most intimate of places."
"Only a Thing" can be summed up by its first line: "You could compare a certain kind of love affair to a car wreck. You don't expect it, but when it does happen, it seems inevitable--even overdue."
But it is in the novella, "Some Fun" that Nelson can stretch her formidable, and in this example very Raymond Chandler-like, writing licks: "Summer has come to the desert and wrapped the daylight around the dark like a hot fist holding a cold bullet.Read more ›
Ms. Munro has retired maybe Ms. Nelson will finally get her due and day in the sun.
The best feature of this collection is how real the people are and how true the dialog rings in terms of families in love and trouble.
How many people can write the story of a teenage runaway and have it skirt the edges of parental nightmare only to bring us to the resolution through the eyes of the potential Humbert Humbert this girl escapes. Throughout the collection the character development is a subtle wonder and that is the big magic of the book.
In another story a wife having an affair has her house broken into and vandalized; her daughter knows a member of the girl gang that did it: coincidence or poetic justice. But Nelson lets you decide based on the evidence within the story. Again, this is well worth reading despite the irony in the title which some may take too literally and not with the grains of salt we all inevitably need to survive.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not my favorite of her books. I've read most of them...found my attention straying on this one. Didn't finish.Published 10 months ago by BooksRMyThing
I find Nelson's short stories oddly affecting- I cannot explain why. They are often full of black humor, but are sometimes depressing, so I don't read too many in a row.Published 17 months ago by ellen foster