Lessons in Eating Soup

Rated 4.85/5 based on 13 reviews
Michal is a young boy longing to be reconnected with his father who escaped Poland during the communist 1980's. This short story explores the innocence of childhood set against a bleak and frightening environment. It also offers a glimpse into cultural identity, how it can encompass the simplest of things, things that are often lost or left behind in the process of moving on. More
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Words: 2,690
Language: English
ISBN: 9781311575913
About Melanie Grabowski

Melanie Grabowski is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Writing) at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. Her short stories, On The Rocks, and The Truth Is, were shortlisted for The Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Competition 2014 with the latter receiving third prize. Her inspiration for writing lies in the emotion found in everyday human stories, particularly from the perspectives of those who struggle to be heard.

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Review by: James Jenkins on Feb. 11, 2017 :
Not overly good or bad, when I read it thought the setting might be the WW2 era.
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Review by: ShazamReads on Sep. 06, 2016 :
Fantastic short story. Would recommend for sure.
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Review by: Mike White on March 23, 2016 :
This story does a great job of establishing a number of details in such a way that people can really feel like they're being immersed in this very specific environment. The writer manages to write clearly without being too dry and establishes the personalities of several characters very quickly.
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Review by: Ally Atherton on Sep. 28, 2015 :
'I am a refugee in an attic. Milky light spills in through a small window. I squat beside it on a footstool, keeping watch on the street below. I spy on the soldiers in stiff green uniforms, wearing rifles like handbags.'

This is another e book that I came across on Smashwords.

It gives an insight into the life of a child in Poland in the eighties during a period of martial law. It is delicately and wonderfully told. Melanie Grabowski's writing is incredibly fresh and crisp. Words fail me as to how well written this short piece is.

Beautiful 5/5
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Review by: Neil Brown on May 11, 2015 :
This is a wonderful short story. The warm dialog contrasts the austerity of what is happening while the style complements it beautifully.
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Review by: Analissa Finster on June 14, 2014 :
A wonderful read, beautifully written. I was transported to Michal's life from the beginning, very clever writing. I am left wanting to know what happens next, hopefully a novel. Super job, 5 wonderful stars
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Review by: eblofi on June 06, 2014 :
Oh my goodness, I couldn't believe that it ended there. I was so drawn into the story and characters that I came to the end with a jolt. Hope that this is just a start to a full length book - and then after that I want to see the film!, although the writing gave such strong pictures that perhaps a film would be a disappointment. More please.
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Review by: Jo Kinninmont on June 05, 2014 :
Definitely worth a 5 star rating
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Review by: Jo Kinninmont on June 05, 2014 : (no rating)
You've certainly brought back some memories and captured it so well with this beautiful story. A great read, thanks Melanie
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Review by: Pat Cahill on June 02, 2014 : (no rating)
The evocative writing took me into the story straight away. I was immediately drawn into the problems, dilemmas, warmth, friendship and fears of a family under harsh communist rule. The friendship between the two children is endearing as Ania warns Michal of the difficulties of migration to Australia. This story takes the reader on a journey through the fears and hopes that all migrants face when considering a new life in a foreign country.
Pat Cahill
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Review by: Jane Fountain on June 01, 2014 :
A really great read. Michel and his family came alive in this lovely piece. The absent father resonated throughout the whole story. Very touching and very clever writing.
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Review by: Anna Rorbach-Dolata on May 28, 2014 :
That's really touching story, Melanie, thank you for the moments you immortalized. I was really deeply touched.
I love your oryginal writing style, you've done a great job.

However, how did you know that Ania loves 'krówka'?
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Review by: Alexandra Davies on May 28, 2014 :
This story is beautifully written. I love the original turns of phrase in this piece and I felt transported into the boy's world from the beginning.
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Review by: Kylie Taylor on May 27, 2014 :
'Lessons in Eating Soup' is a touching story of life in Poland in the 1980s, as viewed from a young boy's perspective. The story subtly taps into the challenges faced by migrants entering a new life in Australia. Thank you for the experience!
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Review by: Wendy Beach on May 25, 2014 :
Wow! You have done an excellent job on this story. It is a fantastic read. I enjoyed it very much. It is well paced and the literary devices are well used without being overused. Excellent.
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