The Start Of The End Of It All And Other Stories
by Carol Emshwiller
A review by Stef Rozitis
4 out of 5 stars
Jan 25, 2017
bookshelves: 1981-1990, short-story, women, women-writers, read-women-2017, speculative
This anthology is frequently dark and disturbing. It goes into some psycho-social places I for one like to avoid. It is full of the irrational- desires and cruelty and various asymmetries of power (which at times get turned on their heads). There is tragedy, inevitable break-down and pain and the reoccurring themes seem to be the ageing female body and smallness. The characters in these stories frequently make choices between the rational and commonplace and the mythic “other”. These choices are presented as complex, characters throughout the stories do not all make the same choice and the same choice is not always “right” nor is any choice unproblematical there is always a heavy price paid which some of the characters seem to find worthwhile and others may not.
I didn’t enjoy every moment of reading this complex and dark weave of stories and the darkness and suffering in them was too extreme. I found them well crafted, stunningly original and thought provoking so at the end I am glad I read them.
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