Thursday, February 19, 2009

The First Person and Other Stories

Surreal. It takes great skill to balance something surreal with the reality of person and place. Ali Smith does that expertly in her new collection, The First Person and Other Stories. I laughed aloud when I read “The Child,” in which a toddler looks one way and acts quite another. Smith’s cleverness and sense of the surreal appears in “Fidelio and Bess” when the characters Porgy & Bess begin to spear in Beethoven’s Fidelio. In “Writ” a woman is visited by her teenage self. Strange and surreal, but as with each story, used in a way that leads to reality and to an understanding of our humanity. If you’re interested in short stories, consider reading the finely crafted ones in The First Person.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)

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