February 15, 2010
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules, edited by David Sedaris
This is a collection of short stories chosen by an author I really like. Most of the stories I enjoyed, some I was neutral on, and one was so disturbingly, graphically violent, I almost didn't finish it. But in the end I have a hard time leaving things unfinished. (The story was by Joyce Carol Oates, for whom Wikipedia tells me violence is a theme.)
I liked how thoughtfully Sedaris placed his stories. Katherine Mansfield's The Garden Party (the sole story I'd previously read, and I do love) was followed by a story that referenced it.
The story that impressed me the most was Lorrie Moore's People Like That Are the Only People Here: Canonical Babbling in Peed Onk. It was great. I might look more of her work up, but besides that, I didn't take too much from this collection.
Posted by Lydia at 7:13 PM