Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Recapture by Erica Olsen

The Utah Canyons WildMall gives tourists exactly what they want. An archivist preserves a rare map of a vanished Lake Tahoe. The Grand Canyon can only be visited in replica form. These stories—lyrical, deadpan, surreal—blur the line between the natural world and the world we make.

This small book filled with short stories is jam-packed with breathtaking writing.  From the idea of only visiting the Grand Canyon through a replica form to an archaeologist who returns home to find his home only cinders..each story is detailed enough to give you a sense of nature and of the Southwest.  The characters are essential to the sometimes ironic and thought-provoking situations. 

With photographs, memories and more, who is to say what is real and what is not? With our world and that of nature, Olsen writes with a clever and wry twist that will keep the reader thoroughly entertained.  I was intrigued and read it in one sitting - it's fabulous!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?" and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about.

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