Ice Cream

Ice Cream Subtle and delicate as the sweet confection of its title The Independent this beautiful collection from one of England s most revered writers explores friendship regret mysterious passions and th

  • Title: Ice Cream
  • Author: Helen Dunmore
  • ISBN: 9780802117335
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Subtle and delicate as the sweet confection of its title The Independent , this beautiful collection from one of England s most revered writers explores friendship, regret, mysterious passions, and the intense pleasure of ice cream As in her acclaimed novels The Siege and A Spell of Winter, world class storyteller Helen Dun shows us with subtlety and humor precisel Subtle and delicate as the sweet confection of its title The Independent , this beautiful collection from one of England s most revered writers explores friendship, regret, mysterious passions, and the intense pleasure of ice cream As in her acclaimed novels The Siege and A Spell of Winter, world class storyteller Helen Dun shows us with subtlety and humor precisely who her characters are and why we should care for them In each taut, agile tale, they grow to surprise, concern, and move us as they negotiate situations that are often both mundane and bizarre a cafeteria cook confronts her Polish pen pal in a meeting that is unexpectedly intense a divorced mother gains insight from a parking meter a boastful writer is put in his place in spectacular fashion and in a chilling future, conception is ruthlessly controlled by the government In several stories a soulful, curious woman named Ulli takes up residence in the reader s imagination stumbling across a strangely magnetic collector of religious icons, contemplating a youthful pregnancy, and remembering a troubled lover.In Ice Cream, Dun reveals both her poet s ear for the concise and piercing potentialities of language and the novelist s ambition of scope, proving her status as a master of the shorter form The Sunday Telegraph.

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    1. It is such a loss if you flip over one page of this book without having it carefully read. Beautiful way of writing, beautiful details and stories. Thanks Hala for lending me the book, enjoyable!

    2. Helen Dunmore is a prolific and talented British writer, whose work I discovered several years ago when I picked up her novel With Your Crooked Heart in the bargain bin. She began her writing career as a poet but has written short stories and books for children as well. Her novel A Spell of Winter won the first-ever Orange Prize.The fact that Dunmore is a poet is obvious in her collection of short stories, Ice Cream. Her use of language is spare and precise. But the thing that makes this collect [...]

    3. These precisely drawn stories of mostly everyday people brought me entirely out of my own everyday this was a dreamlike experience, or maybe I was just sleepy. "Swimming into the Millenium" was absolutely soaring without being full of itself at all. "Mason's Mini-break" was arch and very funny for readerly-type people. "Emily's Ring" was heart-stopping; it may have scarred me forever. Many of the stories in this collection are wonderful - one or two not so much - but those three are exquisite.

    4. I love short stories, but they always run that risk of being unfulfilling, having to cram some kind of plot or meaning into a few pages, like eating a meal on the run instead of getting to savor it.Or in this case, failing to cram any meaning into a few short pagesI found the stories impressionistic, like they were simply trying to flash a few scenes or thoughts in my mind without really giving me something to grasp.Eh

    5. It is no secret that I love the short story, and some of these are even short-short stories. I love the way a glance, an observation, a pause in a sentence can reverberate. A good short story writer creates a little album of moments that together make a story richer than pure narative alone. I like the title story in particular, as well as the one where two childhood friends spend time at a summer housewhat they talk about and what they do not are equally poignant.

    6. This book was a collection of multiple short stories. Some stories were definitely stronger than others in terms of emotional context and story plot-line. I constantly had to fight a huge temptation not to skip the short stories I didn't like altogether. While some of the stories were entertaining with the use of language, character and comedy- other's didn't make sense or just dragged on.

    7. Delicious stories, each one different, several worthy of re-reading. Dunmore is a wizard at writing flavours, scents, food and nature; every page is spiced with sensory experience. There are stories to sink into, to drift away with. Warm stories, and cool ones for when the summer gets too hot. Perfect!

    8. I enjoyed this book, as far as I ever enjoy short stories. There were a couple of stories that I just loved, like the Charlotte Brontë one and "Swimming Into the Millennium." And then there were some where I finished them and couldn't figure out what I had just read. Overall, a nice read--diverting enough for a few days.

    9. A sensual collection with some memorable takles especially the dawn of sexuality and child's awareness in 'Lilac'.'He gathers himself, but all he can see is Rose, naked, swimming our from between another woman's legs as if she'd been born there' p.158

    10. Each story is written very poetically and concise. I read through it quickly though, and so I felt that at the end of some stories I was missing something.

    11. A varied collection of short stories, all in a pleasant writing style. I liked some stories better than others, but overall this book was fun to read.

    12. Liked the way evocative stories are told in different voices. One story a day enriches me so much. Some of my favorite stories are "My Polish Teacher's Tie", "Ice Cream" & "Lisette" !!!

    13. I've been told one either likes Dunmore or doesn't. I definitely like her and reading this book was just like eating -- well -- ice cream.

    14. I love the diversity, this is certainly one of the books (and the only one short story collections) that I could reread anytime. Very finely written.

    15. Some of these stories were pretty bland and pointless with little emotional resonance. But quite a few were lovely and engaging and moving.

    16. Sensuous and poetic, Helen Dunmore's short stories provide astute insights on adolescence, nostalgia and longing. I'm not usually fond of short stories, but these are well-worth a read.

    17. I bought this book because I thought it would be good "fluff" reading on the plane. It really surprised me. Excellent book; very well written. I want to get more things from this author.

    18. A lot of short stories, enjoyable, but I would rather just have a story. I wanted each story to continue.

    19. A fantastic short story collection! I loved her spare and scintillating prose, her quick and insightful character sketches, her excellent pacing within each sweet and sinful bite of story.

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