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The Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith – Review


Overview (via Goodreads):

‘The fact is, if we followed the history of every little country in the world – in its dramatic as well as its quiet times – we would have no space left in which to live our own lives or apply ourselves to our necessary tasks, never mind indulge in occasional pleasures, like swimming … ‘ 
First published this Spring in the New Yorker, The Embassy of Cambodia is a rare and brilliant story that takes us deep into the life of a young woman, Fatou, domestic servant to the Derawals and escapee from one set of hardships to another. Beginning and ending outside the Embassy of Cambodia, which happens to be located in Willesden, NW London, Zadie Smith’s absorbing, moving and wryly observed story suggests how the apparently small things in an ordinary life always raise larger, more extraordinary questions.
My review:
This book is good if you like short stories. The main character’s name is Fatou and the book tells us about her past and present, her thoughts and feelings. You read about the questions that float on her mind during her daily life, creating a bridge for larger scale problems.
The writing is perfect and images of what was described were clear in my mind. The story is powerful and it has great themes to think about, real problems of the humanity. However I think there is something missing. It wasn’t a story that made me keep reading. For a short story it is really good but I think I didn’t have the time to feel a connection with the characters.
I think I will read it again later to see if I can feel something more about it.
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Dreamcatcher by Iyana Jenna – My review

*A copy of this short story was sent to me by the author for an honest review*

Overview (given by the author and as seen on Goodreads):

When kids at his school begin to fall asleep and never wake up, Jordan Sullivan remembers the story his parents told him when he was a kid, a story involving his great-great-grandfather, a certain warlock, and a dreamcatcher.
When his best friend Jamie falls victim to the nightmare, Jordan’s only hope is to use his dreamcatcher – and prepare to face the consequences.
Product details:
ebook, 16 pages
Published April 3rd 2013 by Prizm Books
Edition language: English
Original tittle: Dreamcatcher

Genre: Prizm Pinch, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Paranormal/Horror, Historical, Drama
Age Rating: Young Adult
Buy Link: Click here

My opinion:

This was the first short story I read in ages. I decided to read it today since I had a free morning, and I couldn’t be more happy with the time I spent reading it.
It got me interested from page one. Initially you read about a very family-like scene about Zach and his family, and you don’t know what to expect until you read it further. I was very intrigued and it was a good beginning for the book.
Once we meet Jordan, the story starts to unravel itself. Some strange bad things start happening with no apparent reason. Kids start no showing up at school and their families say they won’t wake up from their sleep. One day, Jamie, his best friend doesn’t show up at school and Jordan knows he needs to do something, even if it looks crazy and people look skeptically at him and his plan. He needs to try it.
I don’t want to spoil the reading for you by telling you more about the story. This is a simple short fantasy story, full of magic and mystery.  I think it’s worth reading it. It’s nicely written, in a way I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The ideas are original and the concept is really good. The characters are likable and the plot was mostly unpredictable. I recommend it if you like young-adult fiction.
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