When I began reading I found this book hard to get into, but I persevered. I had to reread the first story and when I did, I was in for a real treat.
There are twelve short stories in this book. These stories are about individuals, who are unhappy, have broken marriages and are living very ordinary lives. They are unable to cope with the stressors in their personal lives. Some people are in denial, some take to booze, others are too stubborn to work out their problems and others simply flee. As a result, their lives spin out of control and their world falls apart.
The first story titled Bolt is about a carpenter, who is leaving his lover and his ex-wife, who now wants him back, but he's moving on to a new job in Calgary. In his driveway, he notices a rusty bolt. He picks it up and throws it in his truck with the rest of his tools. He begins to drive, when suddenly the bolt becomes loose and spins out of control...
911 is a story about a Paramedic, who receives a call from a woman whose husband is not breathing. There is no one at the station, so he decides to go it alone. He knows very well that there should be two Paramedics on the scene. Without thinking, he is going to save a life and he does. After receiving help from a relative, the man is placed in the ambulance and the Paramedic is racing to the hospital to get the man the help he needs when...
You wonder what would've happened if... or what if...
These short stories give us a glimpse into the psyche of the people whose lives have gone in unexpected directions.
Russell Wangersky's Collection of stories titled Whirl Away is very well-written. The characters are believable and the stories hold your interest from beginning to end. I enjoyed this book and give it FIVE STARS.
Russell Wangersky lives in St. John's, Newfoundland. He is the winner of the 2010 BMO Winterset Award, finalist for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, and longlist nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
on December 24, 2012
Wangersky is a great writer. That said, this collection of fictional short stories leaves the reader surprised and amazed at the outcome of incidents in the lives of "ordinary" Canadians. Nominated for the 2012 Giller award, "Whirl Away" consists of short stories which can be read and completed before falling asleep each night. I love that format. It is a very good read. Not every story is a 5-star story. But most of them are great. Wangersky's knack for great descriptive writing is unparalleled.