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Bobcat and Other Stories

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

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    A great collection of stories from a masterful storyteller. A tr

    A great collection of stories from a masterful storyteller. A truly remarkable book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    Bobcat and Other Stories is a collection of seven short stories

    Bobcat and Other Stories is a collection of seven short stories by Canadian-born author and professor of creative writing, Rebecca Lee. In this masterpiece of contemporary fiction, Lee gives the reader a wide range of topics, settings and characters: there is enough variety to please almost every reading taste. The first story, Bobcat gathers together at a  Manhattan dinner party, publishers, writers, lawyers and the victim of a bobcat attack; in it, marital infidelity, pregnancy, Salman Rushdie and cannibalism all feature. In The Banks of the Vistula, a plagiarising student finds her actions have unexpected and undesired consequences; it touches on Communism, linguistic freedom and propaganda. Slatland is a beautiful story on getting perspective and explores the expectation of happiness in life. In Min, a woman finds herself earnestly performing the task of vetting prospective brides for a good friend. World Party and Fialta both examine the influence of respected elders on the younger generation, but in vastly different ways. Settlers manages to include marriage, miscarriage, Amazons and Clinton. Lee’s characters, even in these short stories have depth and charm; her plots are original with interesting twists; her prose is often beautifully descriptive: “…I heard about a thousand birds cry, and I craned my neck to see them lighting out from the tips of the elms. They looked like ideas would if released suddenly from the page and given bodies – shocked at how blood actually felt as it ran through the veins, as it sent them wheeling into the west, wings raking, straining against the requirements of such a physical world.” and occasionally breath-taking: “She wasn’t completely drunk but calculated that she would be in about forty-five minutes. Her body was like a tract of nature that she understood perfectly – a constellation whose movement across the night sky she could predict, or a gathering storm, or maybe, more accurately, a sparkling stream of elements into which she introduced alcohol with such careful calibration that her blood flowed exactly as she desired, uphill and down, intersecting precisely, chemically, with time and fertility.” This taste of Lee’s work will stimulate readers to seek out more works by this fine author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Rebecca Lee's Bobcat and Other Stories is a very captivating col

    Rebecca Lee's Bobcat and Other Stories is a very captivating collection. It is full of rich and vivid characters, smooth-flowing with excellent narratives, and it is very deep and insightful. She is an amazing writer.Bobcat and Other Stories, The Usurper: and Other Stories, A Twist in the Tale are some of the short stories I enjoyed recently.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

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    A very poor collection of short stories. At no point in this boo

    A very poor collection of short stories. At no point in this book was I ever engaged in the plot or characters. The stories seemed repetitive at times and the endings were just awful. The stories didn't seem to conclude the just abruptly ended, most of the time not even making any sense. I reread a couple to see if I was missing something and still couldn't make any sense of it. I hate to write a bad review but this set of short stories was very lacking. There are much better collections to be found elsewhere so I suggest skipping this one. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Good set of short stories but some stories seemed to end with ou

    Good set of short stories but some stories seemed to end with out finish and seemed to be missing a point but she is a wonderful story teller and created great stories if only they had a good ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    An amazing book of short stories.  Poetic, gorgeous writing. I c

    An amazing book of short stories.  Poetic, gorgeous writing. I could not put the book down. 

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Just OK. A bit wordy and simpleton plots.

    For short stories this is ok, but the plots are so thin you wonder why you put in the time readind all those unconnected words. And at the end of one of the stories, I was surprised it was the end because the story seemed to undeveloped. It just ended. I'd skip it and it this wasn't an E book, I'd give it to the library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Guess who?

    One word two syllables. BORING. Intresting but the first page didnt have me hooked at all.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 2, 2013

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