The Kissing Man is a classic short story sequence of eleven, set in southwestern Ontario in the middle of the twentieth century The rural setting is real and recognizable the dry goods store, the Queen s Hotel, the mill pond, the axe handle factory, the Anglican cemetery, and the barber shop The stories are other worldly fables or fairy tales, mixing the everyday with the extraordinary and the mundane with the marvellousThe kissing man appears mysteriously and transforms the lives of the lonely He doesn t cure them of their fear or need but he provides small moments of solace with his compassion and understanding


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  1. C. C. says:

    The first time I disliked literature that was praised, I wondered if I was missing a scholarly trait that made others appreciative However I confidently understand that some oeuvres do not fulfill what I value in literature I see merit in other things, thus low marks are rare Among elements George Elliott could control, did I like his suite No I disliked too much about The Kissing Man , hence a one star grade A portion of feedback certainly reflects personal enjoyment but I would have gra The first time I disliked literature that was praised, I wondered if I was missing a scholarly trait that made others appreciative However I confidently understand that some oeuvres do not fulfill what I value in literature I see merit in other things, thus low marks are rare Among elements George Elliott could control, did I like his suite No I disliked too much about The Kissing Man , hence a one star grade A portion of feedback certainly reflects personal enjoyment but I would have graded higher if I could acknowledge anything else about it.I delighted in some short stories seldom but I am open to liking them Mordecai Richler ranted in his suite that this genre is undervalued, that it is hard to develop a story without the breadth of a novel I only liked his a little better I hope it isn t standard that short stories are grim, with conclusions implied rather than clear cut and that only by chance, has this been my impression None of George s were in the least happy depressing and defeatist, actually He wins the prize for doing worse than being vague Astute though I am, I only once or twice gleaned what any stories were about The titular kissing man appeared once and this collection is hardly mystical, as attributed by the synopsis Subtlety, lacking resolution are techniques Not ascertaining a story s point is never good.How nice that George wrote about his hometown but he taught us nothing about it He only conveyed dreariness In a longer tale, we might identify the twins birthmother, what a doctor buried in his backyard, and what in the hell was on an Irish family s neck that another lady contracted What is clear is that I am turned off from further reading, were answers available


  2. Ibis3 Ibis3 says:

    NCL.2006 10 01