Monday, August 07, 2006

Dead Fish Museum: Stories by Charles D'Ambrosio

This is not the collection of stories to read after a bad week. Technically stunning but this collection is also one that is very dark and disturbing in tone. Filled with seedy or sad characters who always have an angle or a plan or sometimes just flounder around hoping life will get better each story gets progressively darker. It is no surprise that life doesn't get better for these people. If you like a clear resolution or forward movement in your stories this will not be a satisfying collection but for those who like ambiguity and dark characters this may be the book for you.

As for me, this collection left me surprisingly unmoved apart from a vague sense of depression.

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