Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Do (short story).... and a guessing game!

Do by ............?
I can't tell you who wrote this because we are supposed to guess. It's part of a project by Fourth Estate to "assess the importance placed on name and reputation over quality of writing." Called ANONthology, it's a collection of nine stories written by nine different authors, including Joyce Carol Oates, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Philip Hensher. A full list of authors and all the stories can be found here. The idea intrigues me, but I've got no hope of guessing who wrote what because I've not read anything by any of these authors so I've got nothing to go on.

Do is the first story, and is a really short story about a man whose daughter has died and the psychological affect this has on him. He spends all his time at the park watching a small child who laughs like his daughter, at the expense of all the other people he loves and who need him. dealing with themes such as obsession, mental breakdown and with an ambiguous, but possibly disturbing ending.

I enjoyed this one and I will go and read the rest when I get chance. And I will be interested in finding out who wrote what when it's revealed in October, even though I'm not qualified to guess myself.


farmlanebooks said...

I love the sound of that! I couldn't get any of your links to work though, so I'll have to come back and check it out later.

Jo said...

No, those links don't work! I'll try again. Hopefully this LINK will work.

Paperback Reader said...

I think I *may* be able to identify the stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Joyce Carol Oates as I have read some of their work and think that they have a distinctive style but who knows? we shall have to take part and wait and see!

Weirdmonger said...

An especially interesting experiment for me to see. Good luck with it. Please see the 'Nemonymous' wikipedia for information on a complementary exercise since 2001. I hope Anonthology and Nemonymity can compare findings.
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