Reality, Reality

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Reality, Reality
  • Jackie Kay
  • English
  • 10 June 2018
  • 144721756X

About the Author: Jackie Kay

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Reality, Reality Jackie Kay S Newest And Most Luminous Of Collections Is Full Of Compassion, Generosity, Sorrow And Joy In Fifteen Extraordinary Stories, She Celebrates The Richness And Power Of Dream Life To Inspire, To Repair And To Make Real Description From The Inner Flap

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10 thoughts on “Reality, Reality

  1. Beck says:

    I think I ll get a nut roast Maybe a nut roast is too lesbian There are so many wonderful things about Reality, Reality Touching on love, loneliness, abuse, mental health etc happy moments intermixed with terribly sad things, all with wit and grace Each short story is a treasure Also I really loved having lesbian narratives from predominantly older women, something I don t see enough

  2. Caroline Barron says:

    I wanted to adore this book of short stories as much as I adored Red Dust Road and The Adoption Papers which have been two of my favourite books this year And I did enjoy it there were some stand out stories, but peppered in between were a few that fell flat for me.Kay s concept for the book is that reality is stranger or worse than fiction The opening quote from Flaubert We writers may think we invent too much but reality is worse, every time She deals with mental decline, abuse, I wanted to adore this book of short stories as much as I adored Red Dust Road and The Adoption Papers which have been two of my favourite books this year And I did enjoy it there were some stand out stories, but peppered in between were a few that fell flat for me.Kay s concept for the book is that reality is stranger or worse than fiction The opening quote from Flaubert We writers may think we invent too much but reality is worse, every time She deals with mental decline, abuse, alcoholism, obesity and depression Sounds grim doesn t it But that is the beauty of the book the strange or awful concepts of Kay s stories embedded in reality In The First Lady of Song we hear of the tribulations of a woman able to live forever I have not loved for so many years, I can t really be sure of how it feels, if it is good or if it is frightening If it is deep, how deep it goes, to which parts of the body and the mind I have no real idea My biggest achievement was getting rid of it altogether What a relief I remember that The sensation of it The day that I discovered I could no longer love It was like a lovely breeze on a hot day It billowed and felt really quite fine 45.These are Not my Clothes tells the achingly sad story of a woman in a rest home, losing her mind to dementia and suffering at the hands of her carers The graceful flow of the words sweeps up the reader, taking them meandering along with the first person narrative Until you realise what is actually going on Poignant and beautiful.I also enjoyed Doorstep about a woman determined to spend Christmas alone and Kay s foray into horror and or madness The White Cot I was scared I enjoyed the drunken debates and intimacy of two friends in The Last of the Smokers.It was interesting to see Kay s birth mother come up as a character in the book I guess that is one of the joys of reading fiction and non fiction by the same author, you start to identify where the lines blur I found it an interesting study of how a writer fictionalises her own experience, and to what extent.I will always love you Jackie Kay Come back to the NZ Writer s Festival some time

  3. Anthe says:

    There weren t many stories in this collection that I really liked but then the last one The Winter Visitor blew me away and hiked this up from a 3 star to a 4 star read.

  4. Marta says:

    Jackie Kay, as ever, is incredible in her ability to narrate stories of women s internal struggles, whether related to their weight,appearance, addictions or mental health issues She is poignant, sharp, often to the point of crudeness, and very cleverly uses slang or a Scottish accent in her narrative to transmit that raw reality Reality is indeed warped and twisted in this collection of short stories so much so that even readers are left wondering whether what they have just read is really h Jackie Kay, as ever, is incredible in her ability to narrate stories of women s internal struggles, whether related to their weight,appearance, addictions or mental health issues She is poignant, sharp, often to the point of crudeness, and very cleverly uses slang or a Scottish accent in her narrative to transmit that raw reality Reality is indeed warped and twisted in this collection of short stories so much so that even readers are left wondering whether what they have just read is really happening, if it is a projection of their own unease and past experience, or if it is all just plainly there, on paper, tangible and real

  5. Lucy says:

    i really liked this book i m really glad i did, because it feels like ages since i massively enjoyed a book, since i got the immense pleasure you can get out of reading i liked instructions for a heatwave , and objectively it was excellent, but i didn t love it the ending was particularly good, but overall it didn t fully absorb me misery was good for what it is, really good even, but i d never read it again really i haven t been reading enough lately so that s probably why i haven t lo i really liked this book i m really glad i did, because it feels like ages since i massively enjoyed a book, since i got the immense pleasure you can get out of reading i liked instructions for a heatwave , and objectively it was excellent, but i didn t love it the ending was particularly good, but overall it didn t fully absorb me misery was good for what it is, really good even, but i d never read it again really i haven t been reading enough lately so that s probably why i haven t loved anything lately too much studying and nonfiction anyway, this isn t much of a review, but, i loved these stories

  6. Ruth Brumby says:

    An excellent collection of short stories about the difficulties women face in life Extremely empathetic and humane I found the stories very sad, almost too sad to read sometimes, but there is also great positivity in the sense of determination and diverse life and humour with which these women face their difficulties.There is however no real feeling that change could happen it seemsjust an exploration of the oddity of human nature with the most positive outcome being for us to cling tog An excellent collection of short stories about the difficulties women face in life Extremely empathetic and humane I found the stories very sad, almost too sad to read sometimes, but there is also great positivity in the sense of determination and diverse life and humour with which these women face their difficulties.There is however no real feeling that change could happen it seemsjust an exploration of the oddity of human nature with the most positive outcome being for us to cling together and support one another in the face of troubles

  7. Donna says:

    This is by far the best short story collection I have read granted there haven t been many There is a cohesiveness across the collection that I have found missing in others, while each story felt individual and unique Kay writes with heart and care, dealing with a number of difficult subjects such as alcoholism, depression and dementia, and her characters truly come to life If you haven t read any Kay before, this is certainly a great place to start

  8. chris tervit says:

    Loads of great short stories here My favourites Bread Bin , Minds Away , The Last Smokers and Mini Me Themes of mental illness, lesbianism, identity, relationships some fun Scottish vernacular.

  9. Clare Capaldi says:

    Fabulous collection of short stories.

  10. Rachel says:

    Started this thinking I was off short stories and that I wouldn t get into it Soon seduced by the lovely voices of Ms Kay..and she left me wanting .