Hunger and Other Stories Book Summary and Study Guide

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Hollyridge, Dec 2000, 186 pp.
ISBN: 0967600308

    The two common themes to this fourteen-story collection are (1) relationships are dark and costly; and (2) Ian Randall Wilson is a talented writer. Each one of the terrific tales deals with the path to fulfillment with the end state not always reached and when attained not always worth the price paid to achieve it.
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    The stories are ultra dark, often depressing, especially when the audience, as this critic did, finds themselves reading a tale that could have come from their own diary. The poignant, well-written tales are loaded with depth rarely seen in short stories, turning the reader introspective pondering each story long after finishing them. HUNGER AND OTHER STORIES is a gut wrencher as relationships are explored from a menacing bottom view. The book needs a label ”never read late at night (unless one desires nightmares) or when depressed”, but clearly Mr. Wilson's anthology is worth reading because the collection is insightful and exciting even if Prozac is required.

Harriet Klausner
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   midlife crisis Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   1 () United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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