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- Print Length: 156 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1411647610
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: White Whisker Books; First edition (January 1, 2006)
- Publication Date: January 1, 2006
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002K2RI1A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"So stunning...that I could not help but move on to the next story." --Entertainment Weekly
"The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea is highly recommended, highly entertaining, and highly rewarding reading." --The Midwest Book Review
"If the publishing and reading world is fair and just, Christopher Meeks is destined to be widely read and deservedly honored." --Carolyn Howard Johnson, MyShelf.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The moments described in these tales are pivot points in the characters lives but Meeks' real talent is in reminding the reader of the wonder contained in even the simplest of situations, the most seemingly mundane circumstances. Some of these moments are dark, others funny, many are wise, all are true. This is the highest work of fiction and Meeks prose makes the telling seem effortless. In the moment, the reader is captured by the story.
If I had to pick favorites from this collection I'd be hard pressed to come up with a list less than thirteen stories long, but the wryly titled story, "The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea", the third tale in this volume, was the one that moved me from being a reader to being that guy who walks up to random strangers and says "Have you read Christopher Meeks? You should. He's very, very good!" Meeks' story "He's Home" is wonderfully scary while his lesson called "The Fundamentals of Nuclear Dating" is warm, witty and wise. "Engaging Ben" is, well, a very engaging story, one that reminded me of some of the best writing of T.C. Boyle. The story "Nike Had Nothing to Do With It" is one of the saddest little stories I've ever loved.
Meeks has a second collection of stories called Months and Seasons which I was delighted to add to my Kindle. And I'm delighted to find that Mr. Meeks has some novels out in the world as well. The Brightest Moon of the Century, Love at Absolute Zero, and Blood Drama all await me. I'm a lucky man.
The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea is a great set of short stories. I'd never heard of Christopher Meeks until I read this collection and now I'm a huge fan. I'm still going up to people and saying "Have you read Christopher Meeks? You should. He's very, very good!"
For the most part, these stories did not have traditional `plots'. Most of them were simple short character studies involving relationships.
The relationships are a broad range from spousal to maternal. Tragedies abound in many of the works, but it is introduced so subtly that the reader must stop to contemplate each event.
This work is filled with terrific metaphors, detailed descriptions and skilled storytelling.
Two or three of the stories were rather bland and seemed to drag on longer than necessary. However, out of thirteen, that's a pretty good ratio.
Character Development: 5 Stars
Each character in these stories is developed to the fullest extent possible in the space allowed. For the time it takes to read each one, you are catapulted into the mind and soul of the protagonist.
Writing Skill: 4 3/4 Stars
This book was written by a literary artist with a firm grasp of the English language and knows of all that it is capable.
The dialogue was a bit stilted in a couple of the stories, most notably the first one.
Editing/Formatting: 5 Stars
The editing was of commercially published quality. The formatting was fine, although, I did wish for a working Table of Contents.
The writing is actually good, but overall I would not recommend this to a friend. Blech. On to something else.
Most of these stories deal with some type of loss or regret. An elderly woman unable to quite remember the last time she saw her husband. Men angry over...what?
While it is the nature of short story to parcel out a tiny slice of someone's whole, the best short stories show you a pivotal moment or reveal a window into a character. When it works (think Alice Munro) it feels like an intimate conversation. When it doesn't, you're left turning a page only to find that the author has moved on to something else and you're left hanging..
I will look for some longer works by this author.I
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Although the skills of the author(s) is apparant the over-running theme I got from the stories I read was relationships in some degree of failure or stress. Dark, gloomy, depressing are just a few of the descriptors that jumped out as I read. Yes, the stories are reality of everyday relationships and the not so bright and happy times but I would not have purchased this book knowing this. The other pet peeve I have found that I have is with stories that end abruptly. Yes, the author expects, I suppose that you can carry on the theme after the page has gone blank but I simply do not care for it and most of the stories featured here end this way. This book may appeal to others as like I stated earlier the writing is very good in all that I read but it was not for me.