Saturday, August 14, 2010
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Although this collection of fifteen short stories is fictional, it reflects my wide experience of life, as I have always been told to “write about what you know”. Thus there are stories about singers and accompanists, teachers and pupils, and older people trying to adjust to inevitable changes in their lives. Settings are South African or British, and stories take place onboard ship, in schools, homes, studios or theatres. Several stories are loosely based on particular incidents in my life, but are still fiction rather than fact, such as “Dux Scholar”, “Wise Words in the Chippy”, “Michelle”, “By Appointment”, and “The Song is Ended”.
Any fan of short stories will enjoy this selection of entertaining tales by Jean Collen. The author presents women's viewpoints, emotions, and experiences accurately and uniquely. The women characters are interesting, complex, and sympathetic (the men are mostly cads). One wonders how much is autobiographical. The writing is descriptive and precise. The style flows nicely, making for easy and pleasant reading. "The Wedding Singer", "Miss Stratton Disappears", and "The Sunset Gleams", to name a few, all have the right combination of humour and sadness. In short, these well written stories are very enjoyable.
THE SONG IS ENDED & OTHER STORIES by JEAN COLLEN
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