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The Man in the Seventh Row: and Related Stories of The Human Condition Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08J7VHJ5X
- Publication date : September 16, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1998 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 263 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,775,990 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It’s not really clear why he is in LA. Elements of his past appear as he develops a relationship with a woman he meets in an LA bar. His obsession with the movies becomes more and more apparent, almost as if it were taking over, literally absorbing, his life. Somehow she sees this happening, and seeks to draw him back into living his life, perhaps with her, in the ‘real world’. The whole thing is handled skilfully and with wit and no little tenderness. There are countless wry references to movies that are fun to spot, but not key to the narrative. The revelation of the terrible and tragic event in his past from which he is hiding takes the breath away when it is revealed.
There are also three short stories, each of which has a satisfying twist. I particularly enjoyed Sometimes She’ll Dance which features a fictional writer of the great Scottish novel of the twentieth century. The author has a pleasant narrative ‘voice’ and is an excellent storyteller. I found myself humming the theme tune to The Magnificent Seven for days after finishing this book.
The final 3 short stories that complete the book tie everything together really neatly - at the end of the final one I cried like a baby. I absolutely loved it!