Monday, May 23, 2011

Reader's Diary #715- Nicole Krauss: The Last Words on Earth

(photo by Patric Shaw)

Marking the first post-apocalyptic Short Story Monday post... oh wait, the world didn't end? Ah nuts. At least Nicole Strauss's "The Last Words on Earth" has a fitting title, even if it has nothing to do with the end of the world.

"The Last Words on Earth" begins with a lot of character development for a short story. I kept watching the page counter on the bottom creep along (it's 10 pages) thinking that if she didn't soon get to the plot, she'd be out of time. And the sentence fragments? Egad.

And yet. When the plot came it more than made up for it. In fact, a sense of Leo Gursky, who he is, is integral to the story. As for the sentence fragments? They're him, not Krauss. It's a beautiful story in its sad little life way. It's a funny story in its sad little life way. I'm utterly charmed by it.

(Did you write a post for Short Story Monday? If so, please leave a link in the comments below.)


JoAnn said...

I loved Leo Gursky, and can't wait to read this story! Thanks.

My post this week:

Loni said...

A short story that takes a long time to get the the point can definitely put me off, but if you're charmed by it, I'm going to have to give it a chance.

Here's my story for this week.

SuziQoregon said...

I've been thinking about adding short story reviews to my blog and from what I can discover from other bloggers you appear to be host of Short Story Mondays. I'd love to start posting a weekly short story review and this would be perfect. Is there anything particular I need to know or format to follow?