When we thought about doing this I considered researching, re-reading and trying to come across as a damn sight more intelligent than I am. I therefore decided to do this off the cuff. That is what it is all about. In my lifetime I have read over 400 books and I would not be able to hazard a guess at the amount of short stories. Within all of the short stories published on Literally Stories, I remember some. Those are the ones that I would like to consider.
This is a very simple story with a twist which raises the blood pressure. The whole premise of this is on a small town’s social conscience and revenge. These are two very powerful topics.
June tells this tale so well. It is a joy to read as there are no hidden meanings or metaphors that we need to consider. We are taken along for the ride to a very satisfying climax.
I remember the crux of this story from the first time that I read it and it has stayed with me to this day. For me, that is what a great story does. June’s wonderful short is a cracking example.
This is a very clever story from a very astute writer. The story is madness to the extreme and very entertaining but there is an unsettling under-current within this story. David hits out at so many social issues. He mixes this with the madness of Jean-Claude and it leaves the reader punch drunk. David is a very earthy writer which only compliments the times and places that he is writing about. It all fits together and gives us a witty and perceptive story which is entertaining to the extreme.
This is a lesson on the understated. Lee has written about a time in history and a situation that even in this day and age is still happening.
What is so unsettling about this is how matter-of-factly he tells the tale. This isn’t an under-sight, this is a wonderful expression of the acceptance of the times. We read this as tragic with a tear in our eye while the characters, even though frightened, accepted this as the way it was.
This wonderful story reminded me that Nat King Cole was selling out hotel concerts that he wasn’t permitted to stay in.
Lee has written the tone of this story perfectly. It leaves us as readers uneasy and ashamed for what was our history and still are our problems.
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