- File Size: 413 KB
- Print Length: 114 pages
- Publisher: Lesley Hayes (April 17, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 17, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JS4E0KU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,227,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Without a Safety Net Kindle Edition
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The title of this book is also the title of the first story. Let me quote a few words from it: “I ought to remind myself, over and over, of the way it felt when it went wrong... And yet, I’d rather feel the wind harsh against my face as I plummet towards the depths, than be forever bouncing just above the shallows on that safety net.”
This seems to be a common theme of all the stories in varying degrees. Many characters, men, women and children, seem to oscillate between their desire of safety and desire of deeper and often risky connection to others. Many of them are too afraid to expose themselves and become vulnerable because they have been hurt by cold mothers, insensitive partners and their own feelings of inadequacy and failure in comparison with others. Just as in real life, emotional courage is not always rewarded in this book. Some ventures turn out to be liberating, while other attempts of adventure are rather ridiculous and unsound. There are also cases when someone has all the right reasons to trust another human being, but the situation crushes all their hopes nonetheless. I almost cried when i was reading a story about a little girl who felt special for the first time thanks to a kind stranger.
My favorite story is the last story because it seems to establish some kind of balance between these two opposite urges of human nature. It may be tempting to leave our annoying safety net for a greater adventure or connection, but our true love can perhaps get inside our safety net and help us expand it in such a manner that it no longer gets in our way but still protects both ourselves and our loved one. That’s at least how I understand the last story about a generous old man and his young wife. The man seems to be a rare hero.
I would also like to point out that this book is written extremely well. Although it contains a lot of wisdom, it is also very entertaining, sometimes even funny. It’s a real treasure.
Top international reviews
I enjoy detail, imagery, characterisation, dialogue and good overall plotting. I leave the real world behind and invest in a book if the writing is good enough.
Of course, in many stories, there are elements of a bitter wind accompanied by stinging raindrops, the fragrances in a garden, or the intimate sensation of a lover’s caress. Any decent writer can and should produce these things. What makes these stories and this author’s other work different is the incredible realism of every character. At the risk of repeating a previous review—you will believe you’ve met some of these characters.
There is a dark side to stories of whatever length by Lesley Hayes and I know I’ve said so before—she will demonstrate an intimate knowledge of people, and you will be in there; somewhere. It might be an act, an omission, or a turn of phrase, but you will see yourself. Disturbing as it may be to find a tiny part of yourself highlighted in a story, it is this detailed knowledge of the human being which sets Lesley Hayes stories apart.
Now, if you haven’t read this collection of heartbreaking, romantic, chilling, and sometimes uncomfortable tales, try it and prepare to see the mirror of your soul.