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387 Short Stories: Day 129 to Day 135

Day 129: 17th of April 2014: For Esmé – with Love and Squalor by J.D. Salinger
Day 130: 18th of April 2014: Brownies by Z.Z. Packer
Day 131: 19th of April 2014: A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Day 132: 20th of April 2014: White Angel by Michael Cunningham
Day 133: 21st of April 2014: Emergency by Denis Johnson
Day 134: 22nd of April 2014: Cathedral by Raymond Carver
Day 135: 23rd of April 2014: Dance in America by Lorrie Moore

387 Short Stories: Day 54 to Day 57: 1st of February 2014 to the 4th of February 2014

Very quickly, I will wrap this post on the stories read in February 2014, till now, which is 4 stories till now in the month.

I am keeping this very short since I am way too tired to write about each story, however from tomorrow I will.
Here goes the list of the four stories read this month:

1.Let there be Light by Robert A. Heinlein: Taken from the Collection: Future History – It is about the invention of light panels. It is about LEDs surprisingly, invented in 1962 and the story was written in 1940. A writer way ahead of his time.

The Future History by Robert A Heinlein

2.Charles by Shirley Jackson: Taken from the collection: The Lottery and Other Stories – The story baffled me with the characters interchanging. Charles becoming Laurie and vice-versa. A stunning achievement.

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

3.The Nose by Nikolai Gogol: Taken from the Collection: The Collected Stories – I could not have missed this one. I had to read this one. A nose that falls off a man’s face and has a life of its own is not to be missed by anyone. Magic realism at its best.

The Collected Tales of Nikoloi Gogol

Birds of America by Lorrie Moore

4.Willing by Lorrie Moore: Taken from the Collection: Birds of America and Other Stories – Lorrie Moore is a favourite writer of mine. Again, I had to read her. The story is about a washed up Hollywood actress and her life as it was and as it is. Some great metaphors and life as it is.

Book Review: Who Will Run The Frog Hospital? by Lorrie Moore

Who Will Run the Frog Hospital by Lorrie Moore Title: Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?
Author: Lorrie Moore
Publisher: Faber and Faber
ISBN: 9780571268559
Genre: Literary Fiction
Pages: 148
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5/5

So I read The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger, a cure for adolescence as per The Novel Cure. There was another book waiting for me to be devoured – for the same ailment and that was also recommended by them. It is, “Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?” by Lorrie Moore. Let me tell you one thing here: If you think that Salinger had all answers to angst and adolescence, then you must read this small gem by Lorrie Moore, to really get into the skin of what it is to be young and the memory of it as it surfaces after a period of time.

Who Will Run the Frog Hospital is a bittersweet tale about growing up. It is not written in the linear format and that is one of the things, which I loved about the book. It does not sentimentalize teenage or adulthood. Moore has this uncanny ability to show things for what they are. If the characters are hurt, then the reader must feel it. If they are happy, the readers must rejoice in their moments. I also firmly believe after reading this book, that every reader who wants to read a book on teenage must start with this one.

The book is about two friends – living in small-town America, in a place called Horsehearts – somewhere on the border between Canada and the US. The friends are Berie and Sil and the story is narrated by Berie. The story moves between Paris, where Berie is with her husband and going through a tough time in her relationship, to the time she was fifteen and life changed drastically for her and her best-friend Sil. The book shifts narratives and that is what keeps the reader going. The themes of adolescence and the angst with it are touched on brilliantly.

“Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?” is sensitive and yet restrained. Moore does a fascinating job of describing the ordinary with details and grace that are nowhere close to being ordinary. Growing-up and in contrast adulthood are dealt with delicately, without overstepping on any one aspect. The characters shine through the entire book. There is not a single line or situation which should not have been a part of the book. Thank God, I got to know of this book through The Novel Cure and read it as a part of the challenge. A read for everyone who wants to read more about adolescence and be cured.

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