Missing The Midnight

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There are twelve stories in this book, grouped under three themes: 1. Five Carols These are short stories set at Christmas. The first, 'Missing the Midnight' is from the point of view of a girl who has just dropped out of university coming home on Christmas Eve. The others are 'Old Filth', about a retired lawyer at home alone on Christmas after his wife has passed away - this character was later the focus of a novel of the same name , 'Miss Misteltoe', about a woman considered a parasite by the people who always have her to dinner at Christmas, and finally 'Christmas Island', a strange story about creatures born to humans who devour the world.


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Five Grotesques These are quirky, fairytale-like stories and I enjoyed this section the most. This section concludes with 'The Pillow Goose', about two women who find themselves with a flock of geese prized for their feathers. Two Hauntings 'Soul Mates' is a creepy story about a couple who meet another pair just like themselves on a retirement holiday, and 'The Green Man' is a short novella about the mythical figure. I didn't really 'get' either of these stories, the first was short enough for it not to matter but 'The Green Man' seemed to drag.

Some of these stories are quite strongly religious, and I did not enjoy that element of the collection because I am not religious myself. However, Gardam's characterisation is excellent and I enjoyed the stories because the characters were all so interesting even if I didn't like the morals some of them express. A collection of short stories from one of the most satisfying prose stylists of contemporary British fiction.

Some have a Christmas theme, others are fables, many of them carry a touch of surrealism. The author is the winner of numerous literary prizes, including the Macmillan Silver Pen Award. Get A Copy.

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Jane Gardam writes beautiful, spare prose and tells her stories with a sure and delicate touch. I needed something as a palate cleanser after my last book, and this book of short stories was perfect for the job. My favourite story was "The Zoo at Christmas", inspired by Thomas Hardy's beautiful poem "The Oxen" - worth seeking out if you don't know it.

A lovely, funny and touching story. Others I particularly enjoyed were "Missing the Midnight" referring to the Christmas Eve midnight church servi Jane Gardam writes beautiful, spare prose and tells her stories with a sure and delicate touch. Others I particularly enjoyed were "Missing the Midnight" referring to the Christmas Eve midnight church service and a deliciously disturbing ghost story called "Soul Mates".

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Good set of short stories, with some that are relevant to the season. Jan 04, Alexandra Daw rated it liked it. I am not a big reader of short stories but they do have their uses and this slim little volume was suggested by one of the Virago Group members on Librarything when someone else was looking for a Christmas read. The first section of the book, called Five Carols, is stories about Christmas and I do think Miss Mistletoe is the best of these.

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The second section, Five Grotesques contains some very odd little tales indeed and of these I enjoyed The Pillow Goose. The last section, The Hauntings, was s I am not a big reader of short stories but they do have their uses and this slim little volume was suggested by one of the Virago Group members on Librarything when someone else was looking for a Christmas read.

The last section, The Hauntings, was slightly disturbing or unsettling - Soul Mates was my favourite story of these. Jane Gardam writes beautifully. I feel like I should have given the book more stars for that very reason but it was light entertainment for me rather than gripping or earth shattering. So don't take my stars to mean that I thought it was bad as such Apr 05, Lisa rated it liked it.


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