Tuesday, February 10, 2009

12. "The Dead Fish Museum" - Charles D'Ambrosio


In eight wonderful short stories, D'Ambrosio packs in enough angst, beauty, and purity to make a simple writer like myself want to slit my wrists out of jealousy.

No, really.

The meaning behind each story can (and is) debated, but the brilliant descriptions and uncanny pitches at human behavior are the touches of a true artist. While his aim is for hope, what lies underneath the pretty, pretty words is a depth of unplumbed rawness. Pity. Fear. Self-involvement.

What hit me in the solar plexus was his first and last sentences - whether, of sections or the entire story. Such meaning, in such short sentences. Such an amazing talent of our era.

4.0 out of 5.0 A-1s.

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