The Story of Albert Ross

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
'The Story of Albert Ross' tells the tale of a simple man who spends the vast majority of his time in front of his TV. It is delightfully dark, occasionally witty, oddly enchanting and brings new meaning to the term 'the power of television'. It's hard to say much more without spoiling the fun of reading it, so just get on with it and download it right now.

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  • Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
  • Words: 4,020
  • Language: British English
  • ISBN: 9781476436494
About Scott Andrews

Scott Andrews has written two novels, a number of short stories, an absurd number of songs, one screenplay and a few articles. He is a member of the international Spandau Synthpop sensation, Yu.

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Dave Higgins reviewed on May 10, 2013

Although it is set in a single room with only one character, this story does not lack for conflict.

Albert Ross spends most of his days in his flat watching television, passively consuming. Until one night the broadcasts start to raise very personal issues.

The book is written in a relatively stylised third-person voice, reminiscent of voice-overs from the early eighties. While this is quite noticeable for the first few paragraphs, it is very skilfully handled and fits perfectly with a story revolving around a habitual viewer.

Albert starts as another forgettable average man, rendered only as a cipher by his self-isolation, However, as the programs flicker past, the events on screen and his reactions mimic the interactions of more populous works showing the reader how he is unique, and building sympathy.

Despite the very short length of the work (14 pages), the plot shifts between comedy and horror without becoming rushed. However, the story does feel quite short; more of a great appetiser than a whole meal.

The reader will probably guess what is happening before Albert; however the characterisation and style are strong enough to draw the reader to the end.

Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it subject to the caveat that – unless you only ever read in short bursts – you will need another book to hand to start when this ends.

I received a free copy of this book.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
S. A. Williams reviewed on Feb. 27, 2013

This short story, at time humorous, is an excellent example of allegory, filled with essential questions about mortality. Highly entertaining, but also makes you think!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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