¶ Beneath the Earth á Download by ☆ John Boyne 1. 9 5 While the collection is seeming aimed at showing beneath the surface, many of the stories seem to arrive to the same end point, illustrating the subject s detachment, rather than probing the causes Perhaps the nature of a short story doesn t allow the deeper delving into the darker topics beneath t he surface That said it s a strong collection, first and last stories, along with a couple of others really had me wanting them to be just prologues. In This Collection Of Twelve Dark, Unerring And Surprising Short Stories, John Boyne Explores The Extremities Of The Human Condition In All Its Brilliance And Brutality The Secrets We Keep And The Ways In Which They Shape Us, The Impossibility Of Shared Loss, The Lengths We Will Go To In Order To Protect Our Families And The Distance We Will Run To Protect OurselvesDrawing On A Host Of Enthralling Characters A Farmer, A Cuckold And A Teenager Exploring His Sexuality Good Parents, Bad Parents, Writers And Soldiers A Student, A Rent Boy And A Hitman Boyne Examines The Hopeful And The Damaged Without Prejudice Or JudgementThis, His First Collection Of Short Stories, Is Some Of John Boyne S Finest Writing To Date It Includes Rest Day Which Won The Writing Short Story Of The Year Award In Ireland This was a really compelling short story collection, and it was fun to read one of my favorite authors in a different medium My personal favorites were Haystack Girl, Rest Day, The Vespa, and Araby which is a modern retelling of the beloved Joyce story, my favorite from Dubliners, this time about a young boy coming to terms with his sexuality, falling for the older neighbor boy, and being invited to his rugby match it perfectly captures the wistful sadness of the original I will admit I don t love them quite as much as his novels Most of the stories were quite dark, and while Boyne is no stranger to darkness in his work, I found many of the characters in these stories unsympathetic as compared to the characters in his novels that I love dearly I know lots of people enjoy unsympathetic protagonists, but it s not my favorite Regardless, the stories This collection of short stories is beautifully written and full of interesting thoughts Although almost all of them end in a similar way it s still worth it The stories are dark but also funny Some of them heavier than others John Boyne has a talent for picking up deep topics and exploring them in a great way. I have to admin that I felt very disconnected with some of the stories While some of them worked well and had me thinking about them the next day. This is something I always find weird about short stories books They serve you well if you read one story and put the book down The moment you start the next story the previous becomes something very distant. A collection of short stories set in Ireland or involving the Irish abroad, this is another strong offering from one of my favourite authors The stories don t deal with the brighter side of life and some are downright grim as might be expected when dealing with subjects such as rent boys, hit men, war and murder, but that s never put me off yet, and I thoroughly enjoyed them all. Very well written, with a simple, almost stark style The stories sit together as a collection, with themes and connections sparking off each other, but the overall feeling is very dark, verging on disturbing in places, darker than I could say for me makes for an enjoyable read.
This is a book of twelve shorts stories and I read this book in two days And that is going some as I am a slow reader but loved it so much I just couldn t stop reading. The themes are interesting, mysterious and dark and one of them even written in the second person You don t come across that every day. This is the first John Boyne book I have read and have noted Must read of his Great stuff recommended. Entertaining collection of short stories by John Boyne, a master story teller.
John Boyne born 30 April 1971 in Dublin is an Irish novelist.He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he won the Curtis Brown prize In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UEA.John Boyne is the author of ten novels for adults and five for young readers, as well as a collection of short stories His novel