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The premier vignette, "Notice," explores the concept of "thirst," the interminable yearning that shapes human curiosity and achievement. Cynically set in the language of copyrights and legalese, "Notice" depicts the love life of the printed word, from its visceral seductiveness to our jealous control of its activities. In "Bouquet," a young au pair's aversion to open sexuality leads to a strange gift from a man who has been following her: a bouquet of flowers with a surprise that separates the prudish from the practical.
"The Republic of St. Mark, 1849" is an absolute jewel, surprising in its juxtaposition of the horrors of war and the mystical capacity of the human spirit. Alexandro "has been dying his whole life," but the eerie weapons of balloons and braziers that torment his besieged city finally bring him to death's surprising threshold, lofted into thinnest air by his own imagination.
Ken Kalfus quenches one's thirst for entertaining and intriguing fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
These were stories full of imagination, rich language, and memorable situations. Kalfus creates compelling situations, some that are truly "fabulous", but no less... Read morePublished 21 months ago by reader
The stories are humbling and pure. At times, I whispered, " No, he is not going there.", but before I knew it, he had already taken me.Published on June 23, 2001 by Martin S. Fernandez
Ken Kalfus is an excellent writer. The range of stories in this book, combined with the grace and style with which they are written, demonstrate that. Read morePublished on March 19, 2001 by Mark Fossen
This book was wonderful - I was given it as a christmas present, and ended up finishing it, story by story, before christmas dinner. Read morePublished on February 1, 2001 by Gaston Phillips
I like Kalfus' writing style although some of these stories had predictable endings. Others did move me and held my interest.Published on September 6, 2000
I thank two previous reviews - metamentor and Ginger Mekala - for enticing me to try this enjoyable volume. Read morePublished on July 30, 2000 by M. J. Smith
Read this collection and it will change the way you view a short story. Most of the stories have a Twilight-Zone quality to them -- they're presented in a quasi-eerie manner that a... Read morePublished on June 23, 2000 by Tyler
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