- File Size: 488 KB
- Print Length: 137 pages
- Publication Date: December 4, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004JN0LUS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,721,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Facts About Blakey Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
But the characters are mostly people who have already lost it all and have nothing to gain from the challenges or struggles displayed in the story. Oftentimes, the story's resolution is flat and unsatisfying. A few pieces leave you hopeful at the end, but it's only a slim hope.
As a reader, you find yourself cheering on the characters (if only a bit), but become disappointed by what they accomplish at the end.
This is a collection of stories where the characters don't really know what they want (which is, I think, the main point and theme of this collection: Sometimes what we want isn't really what we want). In itself, this struggle to realize what we really desire (or need), can really work and be compelling as a driving force in a literary work, but in this case, the characters make very pitiful attempts and in general seem disorganized, confused or lost. That sense of loss is never really truly resolved in any of the stories, so you're left without a triumph or true hope for them.
Even when the main character comes away happy (such as in "Facts about Blakey" where Blakey loses his wife to a doctor and comes away with a lover relationship with a mattress saleswoman), that happiness is either shallow or chump change compared to the loss that took place.
I would read something else from this author because his literary craft is excellent and story development is all fine. It's just his characters I really don't care for.