June 17, 2011

Stories From A Lifetime by Hugh Aaron

Stories From A Lifetime is a collection of short stories by author, Hugh Aaron.

Hugh has been writing and collecting stories since he was young.  One day he stumbles upon his cache of words and thoughts on paper and decides that there is something there worth sharing.   Setting upon them with revisions and editing, he compiles the best of them, binds them into a book and calls it, "Stories From A Lifetime."

Some of the stories are from the point of view of a child, an adult, some from the war, a few about business and some are just morally engrossing.  The stories are often written at different points in his life, they have the same meaning, but the settings are different and some of the people involved may change.  This treasury of stories is drawn from the wealth of thought provoking instances throughout his life.  

I found this to be a well-written collection of fictional short stories.  I found the pace balanced and the prose was easy to read, understand and enjoy.  I loved that each story, no matter if it was one page or several, all of them had a beginning, a middle and an end.  I find with short stories, the author sometimes leaves too much out and leaves the reader to come up with his/her own conclusions.  While Hugh Aaron does do this in several of his stories, he completes them all with his prose, leaving nothing lacking.

I loved the moral tenets wrapped into several of his stories, as well as, the determination of character that many of his literary figures display, it was very interesting and entertaining to read.  Like the mother who was determined to grow a flower and both her husband and son told her to give it up, the plant was dead and in the end, both father and son marvel at the mother/wife and profess their love to her.  It was a short, engaging piece of writing, but the message was clear and concise. 

This would make a great book for literary clubs to examine, there is much to be found within its pages to give a group something to dissect and discuss.  Rainy day readers would also appreciate the stories found within, you can pick the book up and put it down without worrying about where you left off.  As well, those of you who enjoy short story collections, this is an excellent book to read and I would recommend it highly!

Stories from a Lifetime carries readers through a widely diverse series of life's peaks and valleys with poignant, clear-eyed vision and understanding that is only gradually gained across the course of a lifetime through endurance and honest appraisal of the emotional rollercoaster that we all ride. Hugh Aaron delicately reveals the world through the innocent eyes of a young boy, through those of a soldier far from home during wartime, and those of a struggling businessman and faltering husband. He is unafraid to reveal panic beneath a fa├žade of success, the deep and hollow sadness that may exist in an outwardly happy marriage, the yearning we feel to make a break for freedom from the rat race, the unexpected emotional responses that shift lives far beyond the expected course of events. These stories form a welcome, and increasingly rare, honest, grounded, and beautifully written collection that will touch nerves while sympathizing with what it means to be human.

** Disclosure: I did not accept any compensation from the sponsors other than review copies, my views are my own, reviewed by me..as I see it~!! ** 

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