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Beneath the Earth In this collection of twelve dark unerring and surprising short stories John Boyne explores the extremities of the human condition in all its brilliance and brutality The secrets we keep and the ways in which they shape us the impossibility of shared loss the lengths we will go to in order to protect our families and the distance we will run to protect ourselvesDrawing on a host of enthralling characters – a farmer a cuckold and a teenager exploring his sexuality; good parents bad parents writers and soldiers; a student a rent boy and a hitman – Boyne examines the hopeful and the damaged without prejudice or judgementThis his first collection of short stories is some of John Boyne’s finest writing to date It includes ‘Rest Day’ which won the 2015 Writingie Short Story of the Year award in Ireland I have to admin that I felt very disconnected with some of the stories While some of them worked well and had me thinking about them the next dayThis is something I always find weird about short stories books They serve you well if you read one story and put the book down The moment you start the next story the previous becomes something very distant This is a book of twelve shorts stories and I read this book in two days And that is going some as I am a slow reader but loved it so much I just couldn't stop readingThe themes are interesting mysterious and dark and one of them even written in the second person You don't come across that every dayThis is the first John Boyne book I have read and have noted 'Must read of his' Great stuff recommended Entertaining collection of short stories by John Boyne a master story teller This was a really compelling short story collection and it was fun to read one of my favorite authors in a different medium My personal favorites were “Haystack Girl” “Rest Day” “The Vespa” and “Araby”which is a modern retelling of the beloved Joyce story my favorite from Dubliners this time about a young boy coming to terms with his sexuality falling for the older neighbor boy and being invited to his rugby match it perfectly captures the wistful sadness of the original I will admit I don’t love them uite as much as his novels Most of the stories were uite dark and while Boyne is no stranger to darkness in his work I found many of the characters in these stories unsympathetic as compared to the characters in his novels that I love dearly I know lots of people enjoy unsympathetic protagonists but it’s not my favorite Regardless the stories were great and I finished the entire collection in only a few hours What with Mr Boyne being uite inept when it comes to writing bad books this selection of shorter works is great We start with a boy from a modern sort of broken home becoming a rent boy and are reminded of how he does like to tubthump about homosexuality a bit too much but the results still work Less successful is a debate about Ireland being neutral in WWI before a hilarious look at two different men who used to be friends as children but who have both dabbled in writing since It's hilarious yet also one of the bitterest things you'll ever turn to Agatha Christie on holiday isn't terribly interesting however – a misstep The fifth piece has a nicely youthful collouialism about it meaning that when it looks at a certain fallout of being outed at school it smacks of plausibility even if probably its unreliable narrator is less unreliable than his fellow characters might have it Elsewhere we gain from a soldier's restless mind on what was supposed to be a Christmastime day off; a very funny vignette almost about a student registering at university; a grieving travel writer; a contract killer; gay schoolboys; and er the closing misogynistWhat surprised me most was the humour – not a thing that's spread lavishly across the pages of his novels What didn't surprise me was the amount of masturbation – and lots of allusions and aspersions to other things – which or less are But the short stories here do or less fit into his career output – historical at times gay inflected at times both at times and always rather nicely full of character mature incident and insight You'd probably not gift this to your local vicar but for a certain liberal taste these works are fine indeed John Boyne is my favourite author but this short story collection is very forgettable in my opinion I enjoyed 412 of the stories and I wasn't amazed by any of them While the collection is seeming aimed at showing beneath the surface many of the stories seem to arrive to the same end point illustrating the subject's detachment rather than probing the causes Perhaps the nature of a short story doesn't allow the deeper delving into the darker topics beneath t he surface That said it's a strong collection first and last stories along with a couple of others really had me wanting them to be just prologues I'm not a huge fan of short storiesbut I am a huge fan of John Boyne so had to read this collectionIt is really good my favourites are The Schleinermetzenmann Haystack Girl A Good ManBut they are all really good some are disturbing than othersThe characters are brilliantly captured but as always with short stories I wanted of each oneLoved it anyways A collection of short stories set in Ireland or involving the Irish abroad this is another strong offering from one of my favourite authors The stories don't deal with the brighter side of life and some are downright grim as might be expected when dealing with subjects such as rent boys hit men war and murder but that's never put me off yet and I thoroughly enjoyed them all

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