Thursday, December 10, 2009

Short Story Reviews

Short Story 16: Useless Beauty by Guy de Maupassant
Available ONLINE through Classic Reader!

My Rating: 3 of 5!

Well this review is going to be difficult. I really didn't care about this one much, thinking of it makes me kind of sad. This story is about a man who is jealous of his wife, of her flawless, timeless beauty and keeps on restricting her doing out and participating in the society by making her pregnant. After doing this 7 times over a period of 11 years, the wife strikes back with a secret long kept that shakes the man and makes him miserable. What happens next and what that secret was is for you to read.
This one is divided into 3 "acts". I definitely would quietly frankly skip the 2nd "act", which showcases what a couple of guys think of her and the universe and the role of beautiful people, in general. Otherwise it was quite a good story.

Short Story 17: White Magic by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Available ONLINE through Classic Reader!
My Rating: 4.5 on 5!

On one lovely afternoon, while picking apples Avery, the beautiful one confesses to Janet- the not-so beautiful one that she is not in love with Randall Burnley, whom she is going to marry in few weeks time. Janet cannot fathom how Avery cannot love Randall at all. So she takes it upon herself to make Avery love Randall because she cannot see Randall miserable!

What happens next is for you to discover. Oh! This was a delightful read. I loved it. I surely am going to read more from this author! Highly recommended!

Short Story 18: Next Stop Table for Two by Cecilia Ahern
Available ONLINE
My Rating: 4 of 5!

This story portrays 30 year old Lucy, who has never loved anyone in her life. She is lonely and depressed by the monotone her life is and dislikes Valentines day for how it makes her feel to see so many lovers around. Oh! I know Cecilia, you have a knack of writing stuff like this and make me feel good :)
I remember watching PS I Love you and crying and crying and loving it eventually. This one is a good one... makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. Oh yes, it is predictable, but what the heck... it makes you feel good!

I read this one for 100 shots of shorts challenge, he is hosting! Join in the challenge here.


Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

Even if you didn't like it so much, Useless Beauty sounds really interesting. How horrible to be pregnant all the time as a means of being controlled.

Unknown said...

I remember Useless Beauty.. I think it was in my Advanced Literature course in school..

Suko said...

When I read your reviews of short fiction, it makes me want to finish up the book of short stories I started a while ago.

White Magic sounds wonderfully intriguing! :)

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