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5.0 out of 5 starsAs good as previous stories
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2012
Cate Kennedy is a fantastic writer. She manages to make you understand her characters as well as surprise you with how they react to a wide variety of familiar situations. She manages to shock, but also bring forth sympathy in the reader, in these 15 short stories. The stories have a definite Australian character but I feel this will not prevent other nationalities enjoying them. Her quote on the fly leaf of this collection is "In the fight between you and the world, back the world" - Frank Kafka. This collection shows just how true this quote can be. Read them.
This Australian author is SO talented. She gets under the skin of & into the hearts & minds of her characters so deftly that it takes you, the reader, right into the words on the page, right with the characters. This is THE BEST book I have read for a very long time & I read a lot. Congratulations Cate. Oh! & I had no idea that I had ordered the large print version, I mustn't have looked properly when I ordered it.
3.0 out of 5 starsA selection of short stories setin an Australian setting.
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2013
Cate Kennedy's short stories in "Like a House On Fire" were a bit repetitive - mostly they touched on female emotions in fairly tough situations - not too much establishment of settings or plot movements. In the emotional field they were good, but I wanted more of her admittedly fine writing to be about wider issues and places.
I'm just blown away by Cate Kennedy's writing. She really knows how to draw you into a story from the very first line. Her characters are all very real, people you could meet next door or down the street, each facing problems and real life situations with warmth and resilience. Loved it!
2.0 out of 5 starsFrom Mountain top to less than perfection
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2014
f find that Short Stories leave me up n the air and Cate Kennedy was no exception. Some of the stories were well rounded off and others fell short. Plus a feeling of deja - vu had me thinking that I had read them before in another life. I don't feel qualifed to give an objective critque.My view s purely subjective. Cate Kennedy has written an entertaining stoy, The World Beneath whic I thoroughly`recommend.And yes, I am as Tasnanian as Cradle Mountain is.Fr