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Endings And Beginnings by Annette Chaudet
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.68" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2004
Publisher Pronghorn Press
ISBN 1932636064 ISBN13 9781932636062
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A Surprising, Intriguing Read May 14, 2004
In Endings and Beginnings the author presents thirteen stories, all of which transport the reader to other places, other times. These are not the "new" short stories but rather the old fashion kind of tales with beginnings, middles and ends which, for me, lead to an enjoyable experience. And there are a variety of subjects here, each as interesting as the last: Excerpts from Mary Magdalene's memoir of her childhood, the story of an uncompromising man with no friends in the world, central Americain native ritual, star crossed lovers in 18th century France, an aspiring magician, a letter from Sarah to Hagar after she and Isaac have been banished to Paran, ancient ceremony in the British isles, a greiving Native American mother who has lost her child, a look at future religious belief and a leap even farther ahead in time to other worlds. They are all here and will all consume your attention and capture your imagination in the way so few stories do these days-they will leave you wanting more!
I have to say it is hard to pick favorites here, but I really was intrigued with the Mary Magdalen pieces...there are two...presented in first person as part of a memoir (which I would really like to see more of!) The first shows us Miriam (Mary) as an old woman in the south of France, relating the story of her life to a friend who wants to record it. She tells of an shocking event in her childhood that happened when she was only six. The second "excerpt" finds her at 12, presented with the opportunity to escape her captors and return to her family.
I was also really intrigued with the story called Harvest which offers a sort of "Handmaid's Tale" projection of a fundamentalist religious future. And I really liked the two sort of "ancient times" stories...one I can imagine taking place among standing stones in ancient Britian and the other somewhere in the pyramids of central America.
I really recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good, involving "tale."