Riddled with foreign words, The Blotted Line is an international book of short stories. One thematic link that weaves the narratives together is its universal issue of loss. While the stories are individually unique, the characters in each tale lose something precious; not always in the sense of material possessions, but the loss of human values such as trust, freedom, and happiness.
|Publisher:||Story Institute, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)|
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The Blotted Line Mehreen Ahmed The Story Institute The Blotted Line is the new short story collection by Queensland writer Mehreen Ahmed. Boasting a deliberately cosmopolitan air, these tales weave their way skilfully through all parts of the globe, taking the reader to Spain, Brisbane, Paris and Bangladesh, just to name a few, and the overwhelming sense one gets on reading them is one of movement. But Ahmed is more than just a chronicler of geographic place names. The psychological insights underpinning each of her characters are profound. While the reader is, quite literally, transported to a different place story to story, there is a thematic cohesion that links each of the seven tales and makes for an overall satisfaction factor not unlike that of a novel. The seven distinct stories here relate to each other in meaningful ways - no small feat - exploring issues of loss, trust, freedom and happiness. If this were an album, the term `all killer, no filler' might be invoked, as it's difficult to pick a favourite. With a gun to his head, though, this writer would probably choose `Of Note', which closes the collection. Set in Canada, this is the story of a refugee that has significant resonance for this country and its own attitudes to those fleeing persecution. Political without appearing overtly so, this story is a good example of Ahmed's skill in bringing together disparate geographical narratives to bear on her singular vision of how the world should be, a noble pursuit if ever there was one. Tony McMahon The Single Gentleman's Dining Club
Short stories, done collectively, by a singular author with a resonating theme throughout can be truly magnetic, as is the case with Mehreen Ahmed’s The Blotted Line. Sit back and follow Ms. Ahmed as she takes us on a world tour of humanity, with its flaws, joys, humor, and losses. As diverse as each culture and country is, there are always commonalities in the peoples of the world and Mehreen Ahmed has captured these emotions and individual responses to situations beautifully. From Australia to Canada, partake of a slice of life, be it bittersweet, joyous, painful and downright comical at times. Need a break from day to day reality? Try a story a day and feel like you have just been a fly on the wall of the world with dialogue and characters that breathe life into each tale. I received this copy from Mehreen Ahmed in exchange for my honest review.
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A book of short stories in which the drama is built up between the characters in a series of subtly woven stories spread over the world. ‘The Charade’ for instance is a wonderful description of girls telling lies to impress each other, and in all the stories, the exuberance of the writing carries the reader along. The strength of the book, however, is in the writing, which is highly flowery. The descriptions of places and objects are sometimes exquisite, and pace of the sentences is abrupt and original. It’s as if someone whose language is not English is writing, and the observations of characters and how they react are at times naïve - but this adds to the favour of the book.