Monday, 25 February 2019

Curious Men

Short stories on a theme! These are most unusual, some sad, some funny - and one or two comments from women sneak in.

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About the book 

The curious men now have their say...or at least they try to, between invasive female comments. 
A collection of unusual short stories, sober, bizarre or cunningly funny, featuring men of different ages and stages and eras. Each story reveals a differently curious man. Who doesn't have curious habits, weaknesses, features, beliefs—even feelings? Men tend to keep these to themselves, or not to be aware of them. These stories delve into their secrets. One or two are bleak. More are blissfully weird.
The first man is passionate about the inanimate. The next takes his curiosity to the farthest geographic extremes. Brian can't choke out essential news everyone is hanging on for. Sidney wends his desolate way towards a secret retribution.
If Hugh had kept his parts secret he might appeal more to women. The therapist has a serial secret-keeper on his hands. 
These are some of the stories you'll read in Curious Men but then the stories are invaded by the mature women! Men know how this feels.

My review -

This book of short stories follows on from Me-Time Tales, stories told from the point of view of women. I haven’t read Me-Time but you can read Curious Men as a stand-alone collection. This one, as the title suggests, deals with men – their foibles, their points of view. It’s full of fantastically quirky tales, from the sad one of the damaged soldier returning from war, to funny ones, like the man obsessed with mowers. They’re all different, all great reads. I heartily recommend this book.

About the author

Rosalind trained as a dancer, but grew to love acting more. She gained a place at RADA, but took parental advice and let academic life take over. She gained a B.A. Cert. Ed and Ph.D then became a psychologist working with both children and adults. If she hadn’t, she would have spent her life interpreting characters that dramatists and scriptwriters had created instead of working with real people. Now, later, she very happily creates them herself especially their quirks. In her career, she met and worked with a wealth of characters whose characteristics she can draw upon. However, she does not write biographically, much preferring to work from imagination. 

Not surprisingly, it is the inner life of her characters that determines their fate in her stories, whether humorous, historical or criminal. Whatever the genre, Rosalind's stories always have a keen touch of humour and a dark edge. This is evident in her first short story collection "Me-time Tales: tea breaks for mature women and curious men", quirky and satirical. 


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