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ENCHANTING & MEMORABLE COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2017
Having read 'All the Light We Cannot See' and loved it, I had high expectations of this collection of short stories by the same author.
Anthony Doerr is a word magician. His prose is lyrical, his observation of Nature awe inspiring and his characters memorable. I was enchanted by each story in this book. It is by far the best collection of short stories I have ever read.
From the tropical heat of Africa in the first story, (from which the book title is taken,) to the frozen winters of Montana, the foggy coast of Maine or grim Lithuanian cities, the author transports you with consummate ease. His writing is so beautiful, I wanted to read and re-read many passages. I know I shall return to these stories again and again. The spirituality or magical realism of his work gives added depth to each beautifully crafted piece.
But he saves the best for last. 'Mkondo' is a masterpiece of short story writing. He captures the contrasts between the life of the wild Tanzanian girl and that of the American city man to perfection. To give more away would be to spoil a reader's anticipation.
Just purchase this collection. I promise you won't regret it!