Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al (livredor) wrote,
Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al

  • Mood:
  • Music:

Book: Nine Hundred Grandmothers

Author: RA Lafferty

Details: (c) 1970 RA Lafferty; Pub 1975 Dobson Books Ltd; ISBN 0-234-77286-7

Verdict: Nine Hundred Grandmothers is quirky and fun on the whole; some stories are better than others.

Reasons for reading it: lethargic_man recommended it to me.

How it came into my hands: lethargic_man lent it to me.

Nine Hundred Grandmothers is a collection of rather bizarre short stories; in fact, scenarios would be almost a better word, because not all that much happens in most of them. The ideas behind many of the scenarios are very wacky, and quite often in a cute way. The characterisation is done with an almost sly sense of humour, gently mocking both rednecks and pompous intellectuals trying to confuse the layman by using too many long words. I was rather taken with the recurring theme of children who speak like adults, and the way a lot of the stories are based on the idea that childish magic actually works.

Thus we frustrate Charlemagne is a rather charming take on the old timetravel chestnuts; Narrow Valley is a fun little story; and I liked the 'what-if' behind Slow Tuesday Night. I think the real standouts were Land of the Great Horses, which I found very fun, and Through other eyes, which is a sort of Being John Malkovich type set up, but rather beautifully written, and thought-provoking and touching as well as silly.

  • Mishaps

    cjwatson is working in The Hague for a bit, and since it overlaps with half term Ghoti was able to take all their children to join him. And…

  • I went to Budapest

    ghoti planned us a group trip to Budapest, all of us, her three children and four partners. Which to me sounds like a terrifying amount…

  • At the last minute

    Next week I'm travelling to Hungary, a country I've never visited before. We (well, mostly ghoti) planned the essential bits, the travel…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.