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The Means of Escape based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Short stories that reflect Fitzgerald's style of her novels: Deceptively simple writing that captures and reveals to the reader enormously powerful thoughts, characters that seem initially simple but do and say things that leave your gasping but are never out of character. The stories all in one way or another are about power ¿ whether between two people over position, money, sex, land; or even between someone and the nominal home as in the title story "The Means of Escape." There is no sugar-coating, the stories are tough; there is no convenient tying up; the endings are often abrupt, one expecting to turn the page but finding only that Penelope's part of the story is done. The rest is up to the reader, although how the story goes on is simple enough, if the reader has learned from Penelope to be both honest and sensible to how all of us manage to deal with the reality of lives.
I READ THIS COLLECTION AFTER READING her biographhy of Mew. Fitzgerald is a diligent researcher, and she has a wry sense of humor. These stories are little more than research notes cobbled together, however. They lack human interest or imagination. Although they are detailed, they evoke no sense of place or time. This is the work of a scrupulous but not very insightful writer.