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The Sadness of Beautiful Things: Stories

von Simon Van Booy

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Over the past decade, Simon Van Booy has been collecting stories. Starting with these anecdotes told to him by strangers, he has woven his newest short story collection with vivid, graceful prose and a keen eye for character. Taking readers into the innermost lives of everyday people, he explores the strange ways that grief and happiness can manifest themselves suddenly in the course of our daily lives, and the profound beauty found in memories. From a blind pianist searching for a duet partner to a downtrodden boxer who shows unexpected kindness to a mugger. And occasionally, as with a man seeking a cure for middle age depression or a couple grieving the loss of their daughter, Van Booy's stories take a turn into the fantastic, showing the miraculouspower of love to shape our lives. Simon Van Booy is a master storyteller. His award-winning short stories feature a beautifully rendered, diverse cast of characters and settings that the Los Angeles Timeshas described as being "like paintings the characters walk out of, and keep walking." Taking readers across his characters' lives and around the world, The Sadness of Beautiful Thingsexamines how the echoes of personal tragedy can shape us for the better.… (mehr)
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More lovely writing from Simon Van Booy. These eight stories are unconnected; an author's note says that "Most of the tales in this collection are based on true stories told to me over the course of my travels." My guess is that "Playing With Dolls" is the exception, as it is futuristic (it reminded me a little of the YA novel The Adoration of Jenna Fox in its premise). The others are varied in setting and character. The first story, "The Sacrifice," is set mostly in Ireland and I was a little startled at its ending; I wanted more. All of the other stories seemed complete no matter their length. I especially liked "The Pigeon," about a fighter who takes a different approach when he is threatened at knifepoint, and "The Doorman," in which one person connects another two people, rather in the manner that people are connected in The Illusion of Separateness.

From "The Green Blanket"
"The quality of a person's life in old age often depends on how they see things that happened to them as children." (31)

From "Playing With Dolls"
Her mother stroked the girl's forehead, feeling that inside every child is someone very small and without language; a stowaway from long ago. (46)

From "Not Dying"
Religion preys on the weak. It is born through fear. To be saved you must give up hope in anything else. Freedom through servitude. (108)

Love was just something tiny and bright with eternity on all sides. (122) ( )
  JennyArch | Dec 26, 2018 |
So I did my new short story test. Waited s few days after finishing, looked at the table on contents to see how many I remembered. These were pretty darn good and I remembered them all. Of course there were only eight, and one was quite long, but still.

Loss and loneliness, ordinary people dealing with extraordinary events, are the commonalities they share. Well except for one which was more on the scyfy side, Playing with dolls, which had a novel take on loss, quite a strange one. Although many have a sadness within, the resolutions often contain something both unexpected and beautiful. Or maybe something bad made beautiful. The writing is spare, but lyrical in places. The stories quite complete in themselves and the characters well portrayed.

My favorite, if I had to choose, would be the last one, The Doorman, featuring a blind girl, a well known horn player and of course, a doorman. It was written with a great deal of empathy and tenderness. Something about it just pulled me in. A grand collection. ( )
  Beamis12 | Nov 13, 2018 |
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Over the past decade, Simon Van Booy has been collecting stories. Starting with these anecdotes told to him by strangers, he has woven his newest short story collection with vivid, graceful prose and a keen eye for character. Taking readers into the innermost lives of everyday people, he explores the strange ways that grief and happiness can manifest themselves suddenly in the course of our daily lives, and the profound beauty found in memories. From a blind pianist searching for a duet partner to a downtrodden boxer who shows unexpected kindness to a mugger. And occasionally, as with a man seeking a cure for middle age depression or a couple grieving the loss of their daughter, Van Booy's stories take a turn into the fantastic, showing the miraculouspower of love to shape our lives. Simon Van Booy is a master storyteller. His award-winning short stories feature a beautifully rendered, diverse cast of characters and settings that the Los Angeles Timeshas described as being "like paintings the characters walk out of, and keep walking." Taking readers across his characters' lives and around the world, The Sadness of Beautiful Thingsexamines how the echoes of personal tragedy can shape us for the better.

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