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Ill go to in order to protect our families and the distance we will run to protect ourselvesDrawing on a host of enthralling characters – a farmer a cuckold and a teenager exploring his sexuality; good parents bad parents writers and soldiers; a student a rent boy and a. What with Mr Boyne being uite inept when it comes to writing bad books this selection of shorter works is great We start with a boy from a modern sort of broken home becoming a rent boy and are reminded of how he does like to tubthump about homosexuality a bit too much but the results still work Less successful is a debate about Ireland being neutral in WWI before a hilarious look at two different men who used to be friends as children but who have both dabbled in writing since It s hilarious yet also one of the bitterest things you ll ever turn to Agatha Christie on holiday isn t terribly interesting however a misstep The fifth piece has a nicely youthful collouialism about it meaning that when it looks at a certain fallout of being outed at school it smacks of plausibility even if probably its unreliable narrator is less unreliable than his fellow characters might have it Elsewhere we gain from a soldier s restless mind on what was supposed to be a Christmastime day off a very funny vignette almost about a student registering at university a grieving travel writer a contract killer gay schoolboys and er the closing misogynistWhat surprised me most was the humour not a thing that s spread lavishly across the pages of his novels What didn t surprise me was the amount of masturbation and lots of allusions and aspersions to other things which or less are But the short stories here do or less fit into his career output historical at times gay inflected at times both at times and always rather nicely full of character mature incident and insight You d probably not gift this to your local vicar but for a certain liberal taste these works are fine indeed

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Beneath the Earth

Hitman – Boyne examines the hopeful and the damaged without prejudice or judgementThis his first collection of short stories is some of John Boyne’s finest writing to date It includes ‘Rest Day’ which won the 2015 Writingie Short Story of the Year award in Irelan. While the collection is seeming aimed at showing beneath the surface many of the stories seem to arrive to the same end point illustrating the subject s detachment rather than probing the causes Perhaps the nature of a short story doesn t allow the deeper delving into the darker topics beneath t he surface That said it s a strong collection first and last stories along with a couple of others really had me wanting them to be just prologues

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In this collection of twelve dark unerring and surprising short stories John Boyne explores the extremities of the human condition in all its brilliance and brutality The secrets we keep and the ways in which they shape us the impossibility of shared loss the lengths we w. In my uest to read everything John Boyne I picked up this most interesting collection of short stories In this eclectic mix of a dozen tales Boyne shows his prolific writing ability as he dissects the lives of a diverse group of character types following their daily routines revealing secrets of their sexuality prostitution incest infidelity revengepayback plain old frustration war and even murderwithout showing prejudice or placing judgement None are descriptively graphic Some stories are dark some sad some even humorous but most have no traditional real beginning or end They just explore what is and stop While Amsterdam my favorite with the incident at the Ann Frank house showing a father s anguish over people using cell phones at inappropriate times knowing they can kill and the last story Beneath The Earth by far the darkest John Boyne one of my all time favorite authors


10 thoughts on “Beneath the Earth

  1. says:

    In my uest to read everything John Boyne I picked up this most interesting collection of short stories In this eclectic mix of a dozen tales Boyne shows his prolific writing ability as he dissects the lives of a diverse group of character types following their daily routines revealing secrets of their sexuality prostitution incest infidelity revengepayback plain old frustration war and even murderwithout showing prejudice or placing judge

  2. says:

    I'm not a huge fan of short storiesbut I am a huge fan of John Boyne so had to read this collectionIt is really good my favourites are The Schl

  3. says:

    This is a book of twelve shorts stories and I read this book in two days And that is going some as I am a slow reader but loved it so much I just couldn't stop readingThe themes are interesting mysterious and dark and one of them even written in the second person You don't come across that every dayThis is the first John Boyne book

  4. says:

    Entertaining collection of short stories by John Boyne a master story teller

  5. says:

    I have to admin that I felt very disconnected with some of the stories While some of them worked well and had me thinking about them the next dayThis is something I always find weird about short stories books Th

  6. says:

    What with Mr Boyne being uite inept when it comes to writing bad books this selection of shorter works is great We start wi

  7. says:

    This was a really compelling short story collection and it was fun to read one of my favorite authors in a different medium My personal favorites were “Haystack Girl” “Rest Day” “The Vespa” and “Araby”which is a modern retelling of the beloved Joyce story my favorite from Dubliners this time about a young boy comi

  8. says:

    John Boyne is my favourite author but this short story collection is very forgettable in my opinion I enjoyed 412 of the stories and I wasn't amazed by any of them

  9. says:

    While the collection is seeming aimed at showing beneath the surface many of the stories seem to arrive to the same end point illustrating the subject's detachment rather than probing the causes Perhaps the nature of a short story doesn't allow the deeper delving into the darker topics beneath t he surface That said it's a strong collection first and last stories along with a couple of others really had me wanting the

  10. says:

    A collection of short stories set in Ireland or involving the Irish abroad this is another strong offering from one of my favourite authors The stories don't deal with the brighter side of life and some are downri