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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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.


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. 6, 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.'

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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 6, 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 5, 2014 :
Definitely worth a 5 star rating
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Review by: Jo Kinninmont on June 5, 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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