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Thursday, 31 May 2018
Book Review: Love Bites by Elena Kaufman
read this book of wonderful short stories in the same way I read
Maupassant's Quinze Contes while studying it/them for 'A' level many,
many years ago. That is; I dipped in and out, often went back to
re-read an earlier story and always put the book down for a day or
two at the end of a story to think about what I had read.
collection was just as intriguing and varied as the one by the writer
we used to call "The French Guy". Set in locations as
varied as remote Hawaii or a bustling London, Toronto or Paris, each
story in Love Bites is a beautifully crafted thing, like one of those
tiny boxwood carvings from 16th century Flanders*.
for me at least, include: the accurate whilst still sympathetic
portrait of a dementia sufferer in Love Bites; the fatuous list of
things - according to her friends - that Carmen should be doing in
Paris (and I loved the name of the café) in 'Lost Time'. A special
mention for the menace of the final tale 'Poisonwood Gods.
all honesty, I could have reeled off some exquisite detail or
outlined each clever premise for every story in "Love Bites"
- but that would, I think, have denied any new reader of the immense
pleasure of discovering them for themselves. I started this review by
mentioning the author of some of the greatest short stories I know,
Elena Kaufman's stories are no less worth the reading.