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I'm just your average European guy, I guess. Ok, there have been protests concerning 'average' so, if you wish, make it outstanding. Or whatever. Don't change 'European', though, because that's what I am. I've been born and raised in Austria. I've attended Vienna University in the early 90s studying Political Sciences. Then, I've moved to Paris, France, because it seemed such a hip idea at that time. I'm still living here, with boyfriend and dog, and don't find the place so hip anymore. Well, yes, we all get older and change our opinions. I'm aged (argh!) 41. I'm working as a graphic designer. Living my life, trying to get my shit together, pardon my French. You want to leave a comment? Feel free to do so, I'm always glad to get feedback. You want to publish my novel, you know, in the classical style? What are you waiting for? Send me an email, at once; tell me where to sign, and there we go to international glory and fame...
on Sep. 24, 2011 :
I've been lucky enough to have the chance to read Miss Otis regrets and Other Short Stories and I've had so much fun with it. Let me recommend this book to all those who like good storytelling in small doses and appreciate having a wide range of genres in one book. However, you may find a common thread between the different stories — characters making their choices, being fated to making them, facing what to do. Let's see four out of the eight stories in this volume:
Miss Otis goes out her mansion on the highest point of High Street following her sense of duty in a downward path to Market Street and the past. The main character of "The Dump" knows that he shouldn't but just can't go straight past the 'Do not enter!' sign. Farmer Will knows the secrets of nature but at some point has to decide whether or not to keep using this knowledge to meet the needs of men, including his own needs. In the story that closes the book, "Cheat", a young Paris yuppie makes his life's decision.
Who actually made those decisions? This is the question that resonates in my mind after reading the book, due to the complexity, reflected in a readable style, of each of the characters, which is what I like the most of these stories. My favourite is the rural story "Before the Rain", as I live in the countryside and farmer Will somehow reminded me of my late father. You will surely find your favourite among these eight stories and mind you, once you start reading you won't be able to stop.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)