Review: An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It

An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It by Jessie Greengrass
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I was lucky enough to hear Jessie Greengrass read the title story at a recent event and while that was a treat, the story holds up just as well on the page, as does the collection

Along with that piece, 'Dolphin' and 'The Comfort Of The Dead' were probably my personal favourites but there are no duds. Maybe 'Winter, 2058' & 'Three Thousand, Nine Hundred and Forty Five Miles' would be the lesser ones, for me.

Often the characters are intelligent and thoughtful but trapped in their own loops. Sometimes they are emotionally blind. Isolation, either geographic or emotional is the dominant recurring motif topic and is dealt with creatively, sensitively and identifiably.

The stories move in time and location. Some are astutely observed modern life, while others are fantastic to varying degrees. The balance that has been pulled off is that there is a certain sensibility to them all but not a sameness.



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