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In “Accidents Happen,” a young Pakistani girl grapples with the impending marriage of her aunt to a doctor she despises. The man can offer financial security but at what cost? The story gradually unfolds to reveal the shocking reason for her hatred of this man.
While the book delves into serious, dark matter, it is not without a sense of humor. “Asylum Seekers” is a monologue filled with irony and a wry sense of humor.
My favorite story was “The Thing in Your Eye.” A woman thinks she can spot people’s deep dark secrets when she literally sees tiny creatures peering out of the corner of strangers’ eyes. She spots this in random strangers she meets on trains or in shops. When a particularly disturbing message is delivered to her by these visions, she feels she must take action. Whether she is clairvoyant or mentally unstable due to guilt over something sparsely referred to in the story is left up to the reader.
Donkey Boy & Other Stories is a short read and well worth the investment in time. I highly recommend it.
“Drama can be made from everyday life experience.”
I thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories, but my favorites were Donkey Boy, (about a young boy who struggles with guilt over a generous tip he received), Accidents Happen, ( a young girl who fears ghastly repercussions), Asylum Seekers, (an elderly woman’s prejudicial thoughts on the refugee crisis), and my favorite, The Thing in Your Eye, (a woman who sees more than meets the eye).
While these stories are short they certainly pack a punch. Some will leave you reaching for the tissues, and in the case of Donkey Boy, laughing out loud, (like when Ali doesn’t know how to show his gratitude and ends up babbling nonsense– “I like Mel Gibson!”) I have a feeling that particular story was dramatized non-fiction. 🙂
You can read it in one sitting, or enjoy the stories in installments. Definitely entertaining storytelling and highly recommended to fans of slice-of-life fiction. 5/5 Stars!
This is an interesting and diverse collection of stories, set in several locations, from Scotland to Pakistan, where the author lived for a while. Some of them were written as monologues, which have been performed.
I liked those set in Pakistan best, my very favourite being Accidents Happen, about a girl whose mother marries a man she hates. I liked it so much I read it again, straight away. I also liked Donkey Boy itself, about a little boy who has to work for his father instead of going to school, and Trouble with Socks, about the sort of ghastly, patronising auxiliary in a care home who thinks that physically disabled means mentally deficient. The last one, a longer story called The Thing In Your Eye, was interesting. A woman believes she sees evil in people in their eyes; this left me a little unsure, as I didn't know if we were meant to think it was all in her mind (as everyone else does), or if she really could 'read' people.
They're all unusual, with a theme of private sadness. I liked a very short one called My Name is Anya, too, about an Afghani girl adopted by Scottish parents. They're ideal for a nice bit of lying on the sofa, afternoon reading when you're not in the mood for complicated plots.
In Donkey Boy, a young Pakistani boy is denied education in order to help out with the family chores. When he receives a generous tip from tourists one day, he finds an unfamiliar dilemma with having extra money in his pocket and is forced to decide how he will spend the tip.
These stories are all fictional, but include the elements of moral dilemmas and humanity. Smith can still find a way to inject humor in some of these stories despite an inner sadness some of the themes evoke in her stories. A heartfelt read.