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10 thoughts on “Something Like Happy

  1. says:

    I loved many of the stories here Slut s Hair which appeared in the same anthology as me , Peach Melba, Godwit, A Winter s Tale, and especially The Cold Outside, which chronicles the mundane life of a lorry driver who is terminally ill He has a strange encounter with a hitchhiker, but although it makes him think and sit back a little, it is not life changing or dramatic, and he goes back to his home and his flat relationship with his wife, just a little bitaware of things around him Thi I loved many of the stories here Slut s Hair which appeared in the same anthology as me , Peach Melba, Godwit, A Winter s Tale, and especially The Cold Outside, which chronicles the mundane life of a lorry driver who is terminally ill He has a strange encounter with a hitchhiker, but although it makes him think and sit back a little, it is not life changing or dramatic, and he goes back to his home and his flat relationship with his wife, just a little bitaware of things around him This is characteristic of this book quiet stories that carry you and make you think and sit back In A Winter s Tale a young man minding a junk shop for a friend of his dead father sells a radio to a failed rock star and entirely incidentally scares away a would be robber with a knife just by being younger than expected It is all done in a low key way The author s a poet as the flowing prose attests Despite not liking or getting a couple of stories here, I will probably get this out of the library again and re...


  2. says:

    An almost flawless collection of stories from John Burnside His previous story collection, Burning Elvis, is arguably the best of his early fiction the novels don t really start doing anything for me until Living Nowhere and this new book is a worthy successor to Elvis Several of the stories are not too far removed from some of the novels, with their concerns for dead end lives marked by violence in dead end towns the title story, Godwit, and A Winter s Tale, for example while others a An almost flawless collection of stories from John Burnside His previous story collection, Burning Elvis, is arguably the best of his early fiction the novels don t really start doing anything for me until Living Nowhere and this new book is a worthy successor to Elvis Several of the stories are not too far removed from some of the novels, with their concerns for dead end lives marked by violence in dead end towns the title story, Godwit, and A Winter s Tale, for example while others are insightful character studies of people who are lost, in limbo, passing through.What...


  3. says:

    I m tossing up whether to give this 3 or 4 stars There is no doubt that Burnside is an excellent writer and I very much enjoyed his deft use of language in these short stories But, the subject matter became too much for me by the end of the book All the lonely people, where do they all come from Eleanor Rig...


  4. says:

    A brilliant collection of short stories from a poet and therefore retains a fair amount of poetry in its telling Reading Burnside is like looking under the hood of human intention Some of them deal with the other world for lack of a better term whatever lies at the edge of consciousness That which we are afraid to face and those who face them are changed forever Those who watch from the sidelines including us have only the faintest idea of living a life touched by it It s scary and A brilliant collection of short stories from a poet and therefore retains a fair amount of poetry in its telling Reading Burnside is like looking under the hood of human intention Some of them deal with the other world for lack of a better term whatever lies at the edge of consciousness That which we are afraid to face and...


  5. says:

    A respectable batch of short stories, generally carrying a sense of claustrophobia, dropping the reader as close to self contained universes as possible It s an uncomfortable experience My criticism of a collection like this is that the voices narrating the stories are essentially the same With such a range of experiences and characters, I wonder why the same voice would be showing us these intimate places and hidden brain slices This is a larger problem in literary fiction, but I m not su A respectable batch of short stories, generally carrying a sense of claustrophobia, dropping the reader as close to self contained universes as possible It s an uncomfortable experience My criticism of a collection like this is that the voices narrating the stories are essentially the same With such a ran...


  6. says:

    Quite liked this book, just realised short stories are not my book of choice


  7. says:

    The characters in this collection of short stories are ordinary people living unremarkable lives, although the cliche quiet desperation did sometimes flit into my mind Yet in each of these lives there is a secret which soothes and nourishes the soul or inner being which makes each character unique and remarkable and delivers something happy.John Burnside s perceptive writing evokes the essence of what it is to be human, to be alone, to be amongst others and to settle for the moments that al The characters in this collection of short stories are ordinary people living unremarkable lives, although the cliche quiet desperation did sometimes flit into my mind Yet in each of these lives there is a secret which soothes and nourishes the soul or inner being which makes each character unique and remarkable and delivers something happy.John Burnside s perceptive writing evokes the essence of what it is to be human, to be ...


  8. says:

    I started reading John Burnside a few years ago with The Devil s Footprints and think he has been steadily getting better and better since, culminating in the stunning A Summer of Drowning , but this was the first time I had tried his short fiction Few authors excel at both the long and short form, but on the evidence of this brilliant collection he is one to add to the list of those that do The book is pretty much faultless even the shortest pieces, originally commissioned for a specifi I started ...


  9. says:

    Brilliant writing and really absorbing stories mainly about lonely people lonely both inside and outside of relationships whose lives have gone off track it s a cruel world Very poignant, moving at the same time I didn t find much lightness in this se...


  10. says:

    Having read all of his recent work, I don t think this is among his best Unlike the blurb I don t think these can be compared to Raymond Carver there is somethingforced in these tales, if anything a bit too muc...


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Something Like Happy In These Remarkable Stories, John Burnside Takes Us Into The Lives Of Men And Women Trapped In Marriage, Ensnared By Drink, Diminished By Disappointment All Kinds Of Women, All Kinds Of Men Lonely, Unfaithful, Dying Driving Empty Roads At Night These Are People For Whom The Idea Of Home Has Become Increasingly Intangible, Hard To Believe And Happiness, Or Grace, Or Freedom, All Now Seem To Belong In Some Kind Of Dream, Or A Fable They Might Have Read In A Children S Picture Book As He Says In One Story, All A Man Has Is His Work And His Sense Of Himself, All The Secret Life He Holds Inside That Nobody Else Can Know But In Each Of These Normal, Damaged Lives, We Are Shown Something Extraordinary A Dogged Belief In Some Kind Of Hope Or Beauty That Flies In The Face Of All Reason And Is, As A Result, Both Transfiguring And Heart Rending John Burnside Is Unique In Contemporary British Letters He Is One Of Our Best Living Poets, But He Is Also A Thrillingly Talented Writer Of Fiction These Exquisitely Written Pieces, Each Weighted So Perfectly, Opens Up The Whole Wound Of A Life In One Moment And Each Of These Twelve Short Stories Carries The Freight And Density Of A Great Novel.