I particularly enjoyed the title story, 'Evolution'. I liked the way it took you back through the story, revealing more about the protagonist as it did so. The style of the writing was crisp and I enjoyed the humorous touches in places, in both Evolution and the other stories. I felt that some of the stories could have been taken further but overall an enjoyable and thought-provoking read.
A particular favourite of mine was 'Losing my Voice' by Ania Leslie-Wujstyk. Its's a story of two women who one day get their voices 'crossed' and whatever one of them says, comes out of the other one's mouth too. I noticed in her biography in the back of the anthology that it was performed on stage by some students. I can imagine that worked realy well. The way it is written really intensified the claustrophobic feeling that the women must be feeling when they realise that they are fated to always have to speak each other's words. The desperate need for silence when you can't have it really comes through. A few really good touches of humour in there too. I was impressed by the way Ania managed to make a premise which initially sounded completely unbelievable into a credible condition that I was utterly convinced by at the end.
I really liked some of the other stories in the anthology too, but this one really captured my imagination.
I thought this book worked really well. The Life of Pi is about the son of a zookeeper, who is raised in India. He tries a number of different religions, much to the confusion and dismay of the various religious leaders. The family decide to move to Canada and they travel, along with the animals from the zoo, in a large freight ship. The ship is wrecked and Pi is on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, an injured zebra and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. After the tiger kills the other animals, Pi is left with only him for 227 days on the small raft, trying to keep alive.
The story has a great ending and I wanted to read it again as soon as I hd finished.
A good collection of short stories. I particularly enjoyed 'Singing the menu' and 'Cold comfort for change'.
I thought the way the stories were told was smooth and quite soothing. In many ways I felt as though I was being moved through the book in a dream-like state, caught up in the thoughts of the narrator.
I have to admit that I'm not too clever when it comes to extracting the meaning from stories...I'm a bit moe f a popular fiction kind of girl, but I did really enjoy reading these. On occasions I wasn't completely sure about the repetition that features in some of the stories - on the one hand I felt it gave the stories rhythm but then I wasn't always sure about why that image or thought was being repeated. 'A girl from Someone Else's past', was a little too elusive for me, but I think these stories are more like song tracks - you need to listen a few times and get to know them before you can properly understand them.