Hmmm so I am the Hungry Reader. The one who reads. The one who is constantly reading or wanting to read constantly. This blog is all about the books I have read, the ones that I am reading and gems that I plan to read in the future or whenever it arrives.
Title: All the Rage
Author: A.L. Kennedy
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Genre: Short Stories, Literary Fiction
I have just started reading A.L. Kennedy’s books and I can say with guarantee that I will not stop at two. The first one I read was, “The Blue Book” which left me speechless and breathless. The second one which I have just finished reading is, “All the Rage” – a collection of short stories by her and this one according to me was better than the novel for sure. More so, because I have this soft corner for short stories.
The stories are burning with passion – and yet so subtle that the words will break your heart. There is sex, there is this all-consuming rage and then there are moments of peace and wonder. A.L. Kennedy manages to fit in everything – and the collection sure has a great punch to it as well.
The title story is about a marriage falling apart at a railway station – waiting for the train to arrive. My favourite was the story about a woman who has seemed to have lost it all and walks through the aisle of a sex emporium with an electric penis in her hand. A middle-aged woman goes into town with her older lover, who will pay her debt and then move in with her. It is beautiful. I mean the power of words which Kennedy uses here is something else. You only have to read it to believe what a writer can be capable of.
A.L. Kennedy’s stories make you sit up and perhaps make you also want to be in those situations. That is the way she writes – expecting or rather demanding the full attention of the reader – another level of involvement altogether and nothing less than that.
There are times of comedy. There are times of tragedy. It is almost the author’s style of writing is dichotomist and she takes great pride in that as well. The stories are about brief, damaged loves. In every story of the twelve that she has written – that is the underline theme. “All the Rage” is a collection that will make you look at love a little differently and maybe it will be worth it.
Day 123: 11th of April 2014: All the Lights by Clemens Meyer
Day 124: 12th of April 2014: The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo
Day 125: 13th of April 2014: Ships High in Transit by Binyavanga Wainaina
Day 126: 14th of April 2014: High Lonesome by Barry Hannah
Day 127: 15th of April 2014: Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz
Day 128: 16th of April 2014: The Suitcase by Sergei Dovlatov
Day 106: 25th of March 2014: Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiiyun Li
Day 107: 26th of March 2014: The Dead Fish Museum by Charles D’Ambrosio
Day 108: 27th of March 2014: Diving Belles by Lucy Wood
Day 109: 28th of March 2014: The Coast of Chicago by Stuart Dybek
Day 110: 29th of March 2014: When it happens to you by Molly Ringwald
Day 111: 30th of March 2014: The Fun Parts by Sam Lipsyte
Title: The Jungle
Author: Elizabeth Bowen
Taken from: The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen
Elizabeth Bowen is one of those writers who grow on you. It has been years since I have been reading her. She is almost a friend now. One of those best friends, I can safely say and no matter how dark her writing can get, I somehow find it comforting and seek refuge in it, all the time.
Today was one of those days and her book was right beside me. So I turned to a page and it happened to be “The Jungle”. This story is rather unique according to me. It speaks of adolescence – of friendship and at the same time, there is this understated tragedy at the heart of it. It is about teenage girls and the plot behind the school, they refer to as “the jungle”.
The story is striking and will appeal to people of all ages and perhaps also remind you of your teenage years. Bowen is not sugar coating anything. She talks about everything under the sun – relationships, sexuality and the conditions that surround them. A read not to be missed.