Misnomer on purpose, this amazing debut rocks nine short and amusing stories – a Zombie Apocalypse without zombies; the Vatican announcing contact with Aliens; a heroin junkie that loves poetry; a timeless love, and much more.
Ordinary characters facing extraordinary situations, dry humor, philosophical musing dressed as whimsical, offhand commentary, and a fairy-tale like writing; those are the key elements of the style of this funny and thought-provoking collection.
The collection comprehends three previously published stories (“The Galway Review”, “Trigger Warning”, “Two Thousand Words” and “Chantwood Magazine”); five new unpublished pieces; and for the first time in English, the best-selling story “Impurità”, which was Selected Work in 2012 by Apple iBooks.
First thing’s first, if you open this book expecting a book written in the vein of Dawn of the Dead, that’s not what you get. What you do get, however, is a collection of stories that deal with every aspect of life, from love to sex to our appreciation of seemingly ‘perfect’ people. Coupled together with Dario Cannizzaro’s beautiful style of writing, you have a very interesting book indeed!
In general, I don’t read a lot of short story collections, but this one really grabbed me. The themes explored were thought-provoking and well-handled. Fake Plastic Trees was the standout story for me. It’s about a girl who seems perfect, but is really a bad person on the inside. She visits a clinic that can make her seem like a good person to the outside world, even if she’s still the same person she always was. This story made me think and posed an important question: how much of the images people present of themselves is real? We all like to put our best foot forward and enhance our best qualities, but how much of who we are do we really show? Other stories I enjoyed were Yet Another Zombie Apocalypse, Bathroom Love and Terrorism Marketing. Each piece in the book was carefully crafted, and the author managed to pack lots of emotion and well-drawn characters into so few words.
Overall, I commend Dario Cannizzaro for creating a well-thought-out collection of stories that deal with very deep themes. Would recommend if you want to read something totally unexpected.
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DARIO CANNIZZARO was born in the sun-eaten Naples, Italy in 1982. He moved to Ireland in 2011, and has called it home ever since. He started writing short stories at seven, which are shamefully lost forever, but has never stopped writing since. His works have been published in Italian and English in Literary Magazines such as The Galway Review, Two Thousand Words and Chantwood Magazine.