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You Are Not a Stranger Here

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Never-ending empathy

This is a book full of amazing, character-driven stories. The prose is beautiful, but not in a 'look how clever I am at writing' kind of way. It's beautiful in that it truly lets you get into the hearts and minds of the characters. It's obvious the author loves his c...
This is a book full of amazing, character-driven stories. The prose is beautiful, but not in a 'look how clever I am at writing' kind of way. It's beautiful in that it truly lets you get into the hearts and minds of the characters. It's obvious the author loves his characters. He knows them well enough to know their flaws, and their reasons and goodness within and in spite of those flaws. It's a beautiful empathy with pain of ordinary existence. Most of the negative reviews I see have to do with the lack of action and the depressing settings. It's true. This book is not something to read on the beach or if you dislike character-driven stories. That does not, however, make it a bad book -- what the author sets out to do, he does excellently. I've yet to see his equal. However, if you don't enjoy that type of writing generally, you probably won't enjoy it this time around either. Also, it is definitely a book I CAN put down and come back to. It isn't something you'll stay up all night dying to finish. The beauty of it is that even though I can put it down, I can't stop myself from coming back to it. Re-reading it, re-learning these characters.

posted by Anonymous on September 16, 2004

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not at all entertaining...

Before I begin, I freely admit that I come to stories hoping to be entertained by way of vicarious living; I'm looking for an escape. Haslett's book offered nothing but depressing settings, dull characters, and stories that I ultimately didn't care about. Seldom do I ...
Before I begin, I freely admit that I come to stories hoping to be entertained by way of vicarious living; I'm looking for an escape. Haslett's book offered nothing but depressing settings, dull characters, and stories that I ultimately didn't care about. Seldom do I ever put down a book--I should have dropped this one. If you're looking for a great story to escape with, avoid this book.

posted by Anonymous on July 26, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2005

    Just not my cup of tea

    I can give Haslett credit for originality, but these depressing stories about people living dismal lives on the edge just don't merit the enthusiasm of the critics. I was happy to put it into my bag of books destined for a charity sale.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2004

    Not at all entertaining...

    Before I begin, I freely admit that I come to stories hoping to be entertained by way of vicarious living; I'm looking for an escape. Haslett's book offered nothing but depressing settings, dull characters, and stories that I ultimately didn't care about. Seldom do I ever put down a book--I should have dropped this one. If you're looking for a great story to escape with, avoid this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    Cuts You Deep

    Sometimes, while reading this book, I had to laugh, or else I would have to go as far down and deep into the emotions and happenings in this mini-novels. When people talk about painting, and how a few strokes can create or suggest forms, landscapes, I haven't really seen that in art as much as I thought I would. But, it is realized here in these stories. I think I'm not a good enough writer to even critique these stories.
    Some people won't watch certain intense movies, despite their amazingness, like Misery or Silence of the Lambs. I think, due to some of the subject matter of these stories, others might have the same reaction. But, these stories, I would hand out to passersby on the street, if I had enough copies. I would beg them to read them, even if they found some of the themes repulsive. These stories deserved every accolade put upon them. Can't wait to read something else from this gentleman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    Don't Waste Your Time.

    Unless you love death and like to be brought down, don't read. It is a very depressing book! It was so bad that I took the time to write this review and have never written one before-Ever.

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    Posted July 25, 2011

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