Pieces Like Pottery Kindle Edition
|Length: 318 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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"A story for everyone. It hits you in the feels." -CJ Leger, The San Francisco Globe
"One of the best short story collections I've read." -The Page Hungry Bookworm
"The style of writing is lyrical, almost as if it was poetry...we can all learn from this book." -Paws and Paper "
This anthology is immensely powerful, challenging and emotionally-charged and will tug at the heartstrings of the most seasoned reader. Buri makes full use of literary devices and expertly creates depth and dimension to his characters which can sometimes be missing from the short story format." - Whispering Stories "
The stories feel like seeing real life in print. They will entice you to come back to them again, and again, and again. I wish I could give this collection 10 stars instead of 5." -One Stop Destination
"Incredible stories that force the reader to ponder their meanings. This book is something to be cherished and re-lived." -The Verdict's Out
"A great collections of short stories.This was a beautiful book." -Support Indie Authors "
I am in emotional turmoil, but yet I felt enchanted. I needed to read the next story, and then the next. This was one spectacular collection of short stories." -A Bookish Review
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- File size : 1205 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : DJB Publishing (October 2, 2015)
- ASIN : B0163NLWDQ
- Publication date : October 2, 2015
- Print length : 318 pages
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,847 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Although the underlying thread is quite sorrowful, I felt that there was also hope. The hope that although we might be faced with a life altering event which threatens to bring us to our knees, we also posses an inner strength that can help us stand tall once more, just maybe not in the way we expect.
I imagine that any book based around grief and those who are grieving could have a tendency to wallow, to become lost in itself, but Dan Buri doesn't drag it out, rather the style and pace of each story is quite brisk, not allowing the reader to became maudlin. The characters are normal everyday people with everyday flaws and imperfections, people you can relate to dealing with situations you may recognise and the writing is eloquently simple. I did have to read it in short bursts as I needed to remember to breathe!
A very powerful book!
Alas, it's that very earnestness that gets in the way of these stories having the impact they could. The author seems to be so taken up with ensuring he conveys every aspect of every character's thought or action or emotion — whether or not it advances the story — that his efforts result in repetition and telling rather than showing. Both his characters and his narrative voice too often veer past the borders of reflection into outright preaching. Ironically, the story I thought worked the best, "Father", features a protagonist, a priest, who seems less given to recursive rumination on his personal philosophy than many of Burls' other characters in this collection.
This book would benefit from the attention of a thorough and stern editor. Every one of these stories would be immensely strengthened by going through a process of distillation. Most of them are considerably longer than they need to be; I wish the author trusted his readers to make the connections he points towards rather than leading them by the hand over every step. Additionally, there is a tendency toward awkward and sometimes incorrect word choices. Again, a seasoned editor could cut away much of the tangled verbiage that surrounds the worthy essentials of these pieces.
The search for love
The marriage relationship
Family ties, obligations, and responsibilities
Personal responsibility, confidence, self-esteem
Death and other forms of loss
Joy and sorrow
Dan Buri’s characters struggle with all of these concepts and more as they sort out their lives in a sometimes desperate attempt to find their own, individual sense of meaning and purpose.
The author explores these concepts in depth and with great respect for human diversity—diversity of culture, age, gender, mental health, profession, religion and more. His flowing, lyrical prose draws you into this world of anguish, not kicking and screaming, but gracefully, with soothing, comforting strokes of the pen—gently guiding you through these characters’ joys and sorrows. At times his words hit home with surgical precision. Then there are the soul-searching moments in which the reader struggles to imagine the choices she would make in the same circumstances—the personal beliefs that would be challenged.
Dan Buri’s collection, Pieces Like Pottery, couldn’t be more aptly titled as he masterfully reminds us of the chaos and confusion that can strike at any moment, transforming what was once a full and purposeful life—whole and meaningful—into a heap of brittle, broken shards, lying in wait to pierce and cut not only the individual upon whom the chaos has descended, but everyone who comes in contact with him.
Tread slowly and softly into the world that Mr. Buri’s tapestry weaves because you won’t want to miss any of the gems that you will find for having taken the time to explore here.
Top reviews from other countries
Very well done.