Eye of a Needle: And other stories Kindle Edition
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- "The golden thread weaving throughout the collection - from the tragic to the humorous to the poignant to the unjust - is Connie's extraordinarily keen insight into human nature in all its guises." tweditorial.co.uk/editorial-suite/new-release-eye-of-a-needle-and-other-stories.
- "This here is an exhibition of artistry, an unforced arrangement of words to effect music; there is thought-provocation, and there is fun, altogether marvelously interlaced to transmute, to stir, to shake." Maruping Phepheng, author of What Happens In Hankaroo, Of Anger and Revenge, Tlhokaina and Nightfall.
- "In all the stories, the author displays the unmistakable skill of observation and that is what makes Eye of the needle a magnificent read." Maserame June Madingwane, author of The naming of Kea.
- Without self-pity or strident political grandstanding, Fick's collection offers devastating insights into the complexities of human relationships during apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa - and the burden borne by women. They are stories that will make you laugh and and leave you stunned. Jo-Ann Bekker Thesen, author of Asleep Awake Asleep
About the Author
- Publication Date : October 8, 2016
- File Size : 1849 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 185 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01LWLPHTS
- Publisher : Feathers Publications; 1st Edition (October 8, 2016)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,317,304 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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In evolution, behavior is repeated, but in this process of iteration and reiteration, small changes occur, and when provoked by threats, adjustments move in a certain direction, until they reach a tipping point. Social evolution is slow as well. Although we envision a common goal, each person involved has her own point of view and experiences, which are difficult to communicate and may seem unshareable. Bringing these diverse views and experiences to the point of developing a community of action, finally, takes an act of will. Domestic abuse and sexual assault have held sway a long time, unbrooked, unspoken, and supported by social norms. The characters in these stories are working against the gravity of history and social expectations. Each one, though, makes a small and conscious choice that pushes back against un-freedom. Some of them, I thought, would not survive their violent circumstances. But they had made that first, tiny, unnoticeable adjustment which is in fact rebellion. I would have liked, though, to have read about one of these characters whose transformation had reached the tipping point.
The stories are filled with scenes that were almost tangible: taste, touch, smell, sight, and emotions conveyed sharply. In some cases description was so lush I felt a bit smothered. However, Flick writes with a harshness and floridity that suits her subjects. Other stories ended with what I suspect were meant to be ironic surprises, but several of these eluded me. That may have come from too much contrivance. Other times I felt I was reading a social worker’s case history. I thought the best story in the book, Care Plan, was written with spare, impersonal language, the kind that modern health caregivers and their companion bureaucrats excel in; instead of benignly considerate, this language emerges as darkly humorous, easily manipulated by a person with bad intent. In this “case,” the ending really worked. All in all, Eye of a Needle is a mixed bag of stories interwoven with themes of alienation, rebellion, awakening, and courage.
In addition, use of local dialect lends authenticity to the characters, though a reader not familiar with South African languages and dialects might feel left out. Nonetheless, themes are universal and stories carry a powerful message a reader can identify with.
I also agree, “literary fiction is a hard genre to crack” but the author has succeeded in using a strong and distinct voice in a fresh way. The experimental structure works well and keeps the reader engaged.
However, I cannot ignore text format issues that sort of take away the pleasurable reading experience. An impatient reader might be frustrated and give up, which would be a shame as stories themselves are enriching. And that’s the only reason I’m not giving this book a five-star.
When I read a book, there either comes a time when I'm hooked or I'm out. The very first story I was hooked. I wanted more. This is a book that makes you think, makes you feel, broadens your view of the world.
Having seen only the South Africa of the wealthy, this was what I wanted, the true people of South Africa, with all of it's bad and good.
The author's keen observations on women and humanity are written in a subtle form, but carry a big message. To me there is no better read than the one that entertains (the reading), and teaches me something. There were a lot of laughs and some tears. You know it's good when you are still thinking about it the next day.