|Posted by Gina Schwartz on January 6, 2011 at 10:48 AM|
Bridge in the Rain
Bridge in the Rain is a collection of short stories which have one thing in commonthey are all linked by an incription on a bench in High Park. Each story is remarkably different.
I requested this book for review from Net Galley. Perhaps I did not read the description closely enough but I thought that it would a whole novel rather than short stories. I don't really care for short stories. the stories themselves though are not too short and are very well written with characters who are larger than life for the reader. There are touches of fantasy of supernatural dealings of fairy folk and always the presence of magic.
As I was writing this I was asking myself which story stood out the most to me - perhaps this would be the sotry with Van Gogh but then I thought of the first sotry with the young woman and then the one with the blow up doll. They are all great stories and refreshingly out of the genres of my usual reading.
Whenever I read a book like this one I am forced to wonder what the author's inspiration could have been to have created such distinct yet connected stories and put them together linked by one thread which is not the focus of any of the stories - sometimes the characters sit onthe bench, sometimes the bench is outside a place that they visit it is just there like a symbol of something but never the real focal point of the novel.
This is a great read for anyone wanting to try something a little different in the new year.
All in all I thought that the stories were magical and definitely worth reading.
B- ( some stories left me confused)
Nothing Special. I was unable to rack my brain to get the significance of having a bridge on the cover.
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