Two Shorts (High Fidelity & Christmas Oratorio)

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Two Shorts
by André Jute
Christmas Oratorio
a tiny tale
1050 words
High Fidelity
a Christmas flash
242 words
extracted from his work-in-progress
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About Andre Jute

André Jute is a novelist and, through his non-fiction books, a teacher of creative writing, graphic design and engineering. There are about three hundred editions of his books in English and a dozen other languages.

He was educated in Australia, South Africa and the United States. He has been an intelligence officer, racing driver, advertising executive, management consultant, performing arts critic and professional gambler. His hobbies include old Bentleys, classical music (on which for fifteen years he wrote a syndicated weekly column), cycling, hill walking, cooking and wine. He designs and builds his own tube (valve) audio amplifiers.

He is married to Rosalind Pain-Hayman and they have a son. They live on a hill over a salmon river in County Cork, Eire.

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Review by: Dannneaux on April 17, 2012 :
Christmas Oratorio and High Fidelity are two tiny shorts written with an economy of words and a surfeit of meaning.

In "Oratorio", Jute draws the reader into his scenes with a delicious sense of literary voyeurism, conspiratorial asides, and delightful digressions for insight to the true meaning of Christmas in a small Irish town.

"Fidelity" is a well-crafted tale of dawning horror almost Haikulike in its lean, spare wording. Like any good mystery, all the clues are there and Jute plays fair with the reader. He asks, "Mmm, on Christmas, do you really want to know what happened?" A late-night read for any other day.

Reading these is time (only a little) well-spent.
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Review by: David Majlak on July 16, 2011 :
Well written, though I would suggest you chose your locations for digressions more wisely. Putting one inside of another completely throws me off and severs my interest in the story. Also, going from the woman is falling to the woman is kissing you is a somewhat glaring inconsistency. Find some better names, something memorable for the Joneses, and you'll have quite an interesting story. You did well, to pull me into the story in the beginning, and then it sort of falls apart a bit. Keep up the good work though, just needs some more polish.
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