Fascination: Stories Paperback
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William Boyd is not just a wordsmith; he's a magician who pulls rabbit-words out of hats, throws them together, then lets us marvel at the effect. Problem is, we come away from the page thinking -- we, the rest of us, we other purveyors of English prose -- what's the point? Why even bother? With writers like William Boyd to contend with, why not just throw in the towel and remain content to be readers?
If Boyd has any weakness as a short story writer, it's in relying too much upon his readers to supply those bits he has clearly decided -- perhaps in the interest of grace or economy -- to omit. Consequently, his stories, as eloquent as they are imaginative, are not easy to read. Full and unforgiving concentration is a requirement. As well, a leap of faith in Boyd-logic -- an equal necessity if we, his readers, are to grasp and hold that thin reed of a story we, ourselves, could not even begin to imagine, much less tell.
Do I recommend FASCINATION? Only to the intrepid. But to the intrepid, without reservation. Let your imagination run wild with only eyes and ears to chaperone and guide. And then, enjoy the party. William Boyd, like few others, knows how to throw one -- at least, on the page.
But, as always, beware of Amazon Kindle price traps.
I had this booked stored as a "sample" for at least a week before I purchased it (downloaded).
The sample still said it was $3.99, so I went ahead with the purchase from the Kindle.
The same swindle happened with this authors book, A Good Man in Africa.
Be sure to recheck the "new" price on your computer.
In the case of these books, it was now $9.99 and $11.99.
Had I know the new prices, I would have never purchased the books.