Monday, May 24, 2010

Reader's Diary #614- Lionel Kearns: Victoria Day

Okay, so we're not exactly bursting at the seems with Victoria Day themed stories here at ye olde Internete, but I was able to find this little story by British Columbian author Lionel Kearns.

"Victoria Day" reads like a Kevin Arnold memory, had Kevin Arnold grown up in Canada in the 1940s. It's pleasant and it's an easy read. It deals somewhat with racism, but with a sitcomish innocence. It has a style that's sometimes too informal and too directly personal ("I guess you’re wondering how I made the Nelson Juniors when I was so young. I'll tell you, It was because...") but perhaps not everyone will be turned off by it. To me, there was something disingenuous about it. If the narrator and I were having a personal conversation, he'd never really say "I guess you're wondering..."

Otherwise, it's a fine, pretty innocuous tale. Just like the holiday.

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Anonymous said...

The comparison to Kevin Arnold made me smile.

Mine's up, too. Another sci-fi fairy tale.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think you summed it up perfectly with innocuous. I found the folksy chatty delivery a little off-putting.

Margot said...

I almost forgot to come and tell you that I posted a Short Story Monday episode. You can find it here.

Now I'm off to read Victoria Day.

Teddy Rose said...

I'll have to take a look at Victoria Day. Here's mine:

The Second Bakery Attack