Chosen as a Fiction Book of the Year in the Daily Telegraph by Maggie O'Farrell In this witty and subversive collection of stories, Michèle Roberts explores women's desires, memories and loves as only she can. A jilted woman skirts the edges of time and place as she walks the streets of London at night; another returns to the scene of her honeymoon without her husband; a wChosen as a Fiction Book of the Year in the Daily Telegraph by Maggie O'Farrell In this witty and subversive collection of stories, Michèle Roberts explores women's desires, memories and loves as only she can. A jilted woman skirts the edges of time and place as she walks the streets of London at night; another returns to the scene of her honeymoon without her husband; a wife takes apt revenge on her vegetarian husband......
|Title||:||Mud: Stories of Sex and Love. Michele Roberts|
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Mud: Stories of Sex and Love. Michele Roberts Reviews
I can't help but feel as though this book of short stories was misrepresented. The covers says Stories of Sex and Love, and although there was a lot of sex, and a little bit of love in this compilation, what I feel would have been more accurate a statement would have been Stories of Feminism and Abuse.I came across this book because the name was one I recognised from one of the authors featured in the FutureLearn course Start Writing Fiction. I thought it would be interesting to see how this author did what she said about describing characters in her own prose.There was at least one story that I couldn't read at all because, just from the opening paragraphs, it was too obviously upsetting that I didn't want to put myself through it. This, mind you, was after at least one another story with a disturbing incest twist at the end and before another where the start seemed like it was going to go to a nice place, and ended up showing the trajectory of the downfall of a relationship that seemed to express the message: Don't trust men, even the ones that seem nice are going to turn out horrible. I was surprised by how much I despised this book by the end, because the stories at the start were really good. Evocative, sensually written pieces that were self contained and interesting, with characters who seemed diverse and showed different parts of a woman's life. There was also one, later, that impressed me which was a Beowulf retelling. The second star is only there to represent these stories.However, from about the fourth story onwards I really felt that the stories went from slow, to actually bad and finally to worse and the point where I was begging for the book to end.
read on the plane to Sardinia - good, maybe three stars a bit harsh... more later..have decided that 3 stars is too harsh for this is a poetic, teasing and sensuous book, getting down to the core of desire and appetite in people. It flits around in history, one story dropping through a hole in time with London becoming filled with horse shit and carriages after the modern character's night out in a theatre. There are stories about George Sand and Collette and fictional characters like Jane Eyre and Emma Bovary.The quote on the back (that I half remember) - about two lovers writhing in an estuary at low tide, ‘imprinting our bodies into the mud’ while sailors on boats going by catcall - gives you a flavour of it. (again I have returned the book so can’t quote much – should have written down some of the thrilling sentences). So why did I start by giving this three stars? Well maybe because what put me on to this was the brilliant story in ‘Best British Short Stories 2011’ – again a story about lovers, but with a shocking twist that made you read it over, immediately. The others in this collection are just as good, but maybe I felt they ploughed the same furrow, the sex and food one, and maybe because I thought some were over-poetic. I read most of them in a short space of time, crammed on an aeroplane. I will probably go back and re-read at a more leisurely pace and in a more comfortable setting which would allow more savouring of the delicious detail. I am recommending to notgettingenough simply for the food and sex, because I know those are two of her preoccupations.
Recommended to me this was a great read in between novels.
Three stories from this new collection as aired by Radio 4 and read for us by Siobhan Redmond.2.5*
English (or should I say London?) short story collection that's well worth reading. A couple of the early short stories fall flat, but the good ones are so good it's worth 5 stars.
Skillful sketches of many different kinds of love some surprising, some sad, mostly enchanting.
The thing with collections of short stories is that they differ in their appeal which means on the one hand not every story will appeal but on the other the reader gets to sample a wider range of the author's craft.I found a variety within these covers and all were written with extreme talent and sensitivity and which left impacts on my soul ranging from a feather's touch to a high speed train.
My daughter used to be taught by Roberts, and didn't like her style, and neither do I!