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A Taste of Life and Love in Australia Paperback – May 10, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Reading one of the 28 short stories takes little time and leaves you hungering to get into the next with a feeling of admiration for the places and feelings her stories transport you to. I would encourage you to not only read this book but all of her treasures from the land down under.
The outcomes are always quietly satisfying: sometimes, a childhood almost-connection restored after years of separation, sometimes a couple grown closer through unspoken understandings: the ultimately unnecessary fear of a spouse's unwise investment, which the spouse always knew better than to make, in the first place (and the amusing side-effect). I won't say more, because traduttore, traditore, and for these poetically minimalist vignettes, to summarize would be to give too much away.
Honestly, life is painful, and I, for one, don't want to read chronicles of excruciation, full of black moods. (I say this, because my book club seems to like them.) So I read Ms. Sharp's book, and I was happy for a bit. For anyone who wants stories free of emotional toxicity, these are a welcome relief. I recommend the book.
There is an effective simplicity to Margaret’s writing that means she, as author, doesn’t get in the way of her characters connecting with readers. Lines like “…the deep, limitless blue of our summer sky” from the short story, “A Storm in Summer”, draw you into a personal experience.
I can’t put my finger on why these stories feel distinctly Australian to me (I’m a woeful reviewer!), but they do. I think it may be the easy rhythm of the dialogue. It feels like natural speech to me as an Australian reader. That being said, as I read the collection I found myself searching for an elusive memory of where I’ve read such pleasant, companionable short stories before — the answer is the UK magazine, The People’s Friend. Margaret’s stories have the same compassionate, entertaining humanity.
I was given a PDF copy for an honest review.
While I think most of the tales within this collection are perhaps more properly vignettes or scenes rather than short stories, it seems a negligible distinction. Despite their brevity, Sharp neatly encapsulates each story, though there are some subtle links between scenes and characters.
Sharp writes of unrequited love, fateful meetings, romantic declarations and leaps of faith. Thoughtful and charming, each story is a window into the nature of relationships, sometimes blissful, at
other times difficult.
The writing is evocative, inspiring emotion with well-crafted prose and natural dialogue. Sharp's storytellers are a mix of ages and genders, told in first and third person. It's an interesting variety of perspectives and Sharp inhabits them well.
A Taste of Life and Love in Australia is one of six volumes by self published Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp. This collection, contains 28 engaging stories that provide a pleasant afternoon's reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These gentle romantic short stories have an emphasis on the internal struggle for love and the right thing to do. Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by Kimbie
Ms Sharp has again provided us with a group of very charming short stories. From the young man who was too shy to make his move to the older gentleman who got a second opportunity... Read morePublished on October 20, 2013 by Jacob A J Taylor
A Taste of Life and Love In Australia is a series of vignette-style short stories. In one way, it's like a diamond: there are dozens of facets to life, and more importantly love... Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by E.L. Phoenix
This book, filled with twenty-eight short stories on love, romance, marriage and happiness is a gentle and easy to-read look at life in Australia. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Brenda Telford
Reading "A Taste of Life and Love in Australia" was very engaging. Story after story I got more interested to find out what's next. Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by jtelusma