Rated of 5
Short stories are not usually my cup of tea, and after reading the first two in this book, I thought maybe this wasn't the book for me.
But as I read on, I changed my mind. The prose alone are enough reason to read it - the writing just flows beautifully. The author paints you a picture of place and time, and does a good job of showing who his characters are.
Most of the stories are more vignettes - no beginning and no end. Sort of a "slice of life". All of them leave you thinking.
This is not a book for someone who wants a simple plot, with a definite beginning, a predictable center and a satisfying ending. This is for the reader who prefers to savor each word, and think about what he or she just read when the book has been put down.