- Paperback: 322 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 31, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501039563
- ISBN-13: 978-1501039560
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 7 customer ratings
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#5,506,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #69047 in Short Stories (Books)
London Eyes: Short Stories Paperback – August 31, 2014
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Her writing is comforting, and it doesn't take long before you are pulled in and can forget whatever else is going on around you. I laughed, had tears in my eyes, and thought about the stories for days after I read them. I didn't want it to end!
Practically, these stories are perfect for a quick read, especially if you don't have time for chapters at a time - beach/vacation reads, a 30 minute session in the sun, or a series of bedtime stories for the tired mama who doesn't get much alone time (that's me)!
London stories, yes but most of all people stories that could live anywhere. My favourite was the wizard of elephant castle.
Rather than writing about a tourist's London, I feel Thompson deliberately avoided any clichés, and stuck to slightly more obscure stories - perhaps at times too obscure - the finer details of which hinged on things unique to London, like the cyclists battling the congested traffic, or it's signature public transport. I think locals would enjoy reading about the neighbourhoods that don't usually feature in London stories.
I liked the wide variety of perspectives covered in the stories. The characters covered such a huge range - including that of a cat, which I enjoyed! The use of such different characters clearly reflected the bustle of London. Personally, I loved the sweet story of an elderly couple who regularly leave their nursing home to attend the weddings of strangers in churches that they admire - and check them off their bucket list of wedding churches to experience.
My problem with short stories is often that I'm left wanting more information about the people I'm reading about. In this case, I was usually happy with the little snapshots that I was receiving - however, there were a few stories that I felt need another tiny bit of information, just to complete them. That said. I feel that they were written to be ambiguous on purpose, perhaps to illustrate that not everything is as it seems in London, but it was still a little frustrating.
On the whole, I enjoyed Thompson's take on a collection of short stories celebrating London. Each story was so different, and at times even bizzare, that I never knew what to expect. The creativity in coming up with so many different vignettes was great, and I really appreciated the different perspectives on London. It was a collection that I think avid travellers would appreciate as much as London locals would.
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Frances has very cleverly tied in several of the stories, so you get a sense of real continuity throughout the book. Her characters are well rounded and interesting and each story captures your attention to the end. Thoroughly enjoyed reading these and highly recommend this book.