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The first part of the collection is narrated by a misfit, a Poet, finely portrayed to be at the same time a likable and irritable character.
He is likable because he is good-natured, a genuinely honest human, so we could easily find the fragments of our own deeply hidden thoughts in the stream of his consciousness, in his insecurities and frustrations. But he is irritating because we hesitate to sympathise too deeply as we might discover seeds of our own ‘madness’.
Otto Visconti, in his insecurities, honesty, bluntness and naivety resembles Prince Myshkin when he was faced with ‘the real’ world after leaving the sanatorium. We all need to express what we think and feel but are often prevented by socially accepted behaviour and rules, so I see Otto Visconti as one of Beckett’s characters of the theatre of the absurd or a fine fellow from Pirandello’s tales.
The second part of the Collection features around ten stories, which are absolutely quirky, funny and surreal, and whilst reading them I couldn’t put the book down. Branka keeps her reader in constant anticipation, as she is the master of creating a believable and profound character. All of her characters have a distinct personality and behave in a particular way until the reader truly and sincerely feels for them. This is so evident in this collection.
Don’t miss this excellent collection, the fun and quirkiness it offers is something that needs to be read.
Simply marvellous tales! Highly recommended.
It is a sense of contradiction that makes Otto Vosconti the perfect first-person narrator. He is a living paradox. He is both thoughtful and thoughtless, caring and uncaring, outspoken and reticent, and the list goes on. Cabrilo challenges the reader to read between the lines and utilize empathy in understanding Otto, which leads to an engaging and ultimately very satisfying collection of stories. In discovering Otto, we discover parts of ourselves.
The second half of the book is equally compelling with individual short stories that are quirky, fun, and also challenging. For those who like thought-provoking, compelling fiction, Cubrilo's "The Lonely Poet and Other Stories" is the book for you! Highly recommended!
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