- File Size: 548 KB
- Print Length: 70 pages
- Publication Date: February 24, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007DHKM5G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,005,602 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Death on Facebook: Short Stories for the Digital Age Kindle Edition
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Claude Nougat, in this collection of nine stories, shows she has a nice feel for narrative and dialogue. The quality barely wavers throughout. I say 'barely' because sentence construction in 'The great hacker heist' caused me to pause and re-read, and in 'The ice maker' it was unclear to me several times who had spoken or acted.
Short story writing is an art in itself. There isn't time to flesh out characters but the author has to convey enough in the brief time they have on page for the reader to get at least a feel for them. Same with plot line: for a short story to work the reader has to be immersed immediately as there isn't time for preamble and scene building. The author shows she is adept at both.
The author also has an easy-to-read style which doesn't waver throughout the stories which all revolve in some way around the problems thrown up by the digital age, be they cultural or otherwise related. It's like listening to someone talking to you.
Let me focus on several that resonated particularly. 'I will not leave you behind': whew, what a story, what an ending, so matter-of-fact, so beautifully told. 'Diary of a 98 year old lady': so sadly real. 'The prince and the art dealer' with its sing-song quality. It immediately brought to mind 'One thousand and one nights' and 'The emperor's new clothes'.
The style is demanding the readers attention and 'pokes you in the eye' with surprises and twists in these well constructed stories. Characters have to be formed quickly in this shorter form of the art which Claude Nougat achieves with great success. She also produces a full range of types from young to extremely elderly and handles all with success and confidence.
The contents of the stories are varied but they contain an element of menace and expectancy which is stimulating. There isn't long to establish a scene but from first to last tale you are drawn in by the compelling, readable style. Tackling the modern world of Facebook, hacking etc is appealing to a wide audience but within that arena the author also successfully addresses issues of arranged marriage, murder and care of the elderly to name but a few.
Overall a very stimulating read and Highly Recommended
"Death On Facebook" is a collection of her nine short stories, which I enjoyed immensely over the weekend. If you haven't read her books you could so totally start with the short stories.
Nougat has an amazing way of observing people and describing reality.
I'm looking forward to her new book.
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