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The Whole Story and Other Stories Paperback – March 9, 2004
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"There was a man dwelt by a churchyard.
Well, no, okay, it wasn't always a man; in this particular case it was a woman. There was a woman dwelt by a churchyard.
Though, to be honest, nobody really uses that word nowadays. Everybody says cemetery. And nobody says dwelt any more. In other words:
There was a woman who lived by a cemetery. Every morning when she woke up she looked out of her back window and saw -
Actually, no. There was once a woman who lived by - no, in - a second-hand bookshop."
I am already crazy with annoyance, reading this balderdash -- too precious by half -- and I haven't even turned the first page.
There are twelve stories, slivers of Scottish lives, and the style is often intrusive. This is definitely not to my taste, but based on other reviews, others may enjoy it.
The after-taste is deeply comforting stories, though these stories can also be unsettling and provocative. Funny too. Funny is really the thing. These stories prod the funny bone of our tender human worries, wants and heartbreaks. Truly beautiful writing, I'm collecting every one of her books. Thank you Ali Smith, for writing! Very beautiful stories here!
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O'Neill of the most brilliant and wonderful contemporary writersPublished 7 months ago by Ninna Brenoe
I have the highest praise for Ali Smith's formidable talents as a writer. These are some of the best short stories written in a very long time. Read morePublished on December 29, 2005 by JamieC