I am not one for romance and for sure I am not one for short stories. I mostly prefer novels (the bigger the better) because when you start reading a book you need time to connect with its characters and to get in the atmosphere.
That being said, Dan Rhodes‘s book “Anthropology and a hundred other stories”, which is composed of 101 one page love stories kind of spoke to me.
It’s witty, filed with dark humour and impossible to let go of. I read it in one sitting, one rainy lazy Sunday afternoon, and it lift me up.
Some tales are sad, some tales are morbid, some are happy and some are obsessive. But all of them are touching to some extent.
To get a feeling and an idea about what I’m talking about, here’s how one of them starts: I loved an anthropologist. She went to Mongolia to study the gays. At first she kept their culture at arm’s length, but eventually she decided that her fieldwork would benefit from assimilation.
What really got to me while reading the book, is that we were all there at some point of one relationship or another. Event though transposed in funny little stories, the basic feeling of each one is something that we all went through. And if you didn’t yet, you will.
Final thoughts from a badger, enjoy this book on a quiet day with a cup of hot chocolate by your side.