“I didn’t know sometimes you can’t tell the difference between a real crazy and a regular person and that’s what makes them crazy in the first place.”
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories
Rate: 2 ⭐⭐
The breakthrough story collection that established A. M. Homes as one of the most daring writers of her generation Originally published in 1990 to wide critical acclaim, this extraordinary first collection of stories by A. M. Homes confronts the real and the surreal on even terms to create a disturbing and sometimes hilarious vision of the American dream. Included here are “Adults Alone,” in which a couple drops their kids off at Grandma’s and gives themselves over to ten days of Nintendo, porn videos, and crack; “A Real Doll,” in which a girl’s blond Barbie doll seduces her teenaged brother; and “Looking for Johnny,” in which a kidnapped boy, having failed to meet his abductor’s expectations, is returned home. These stories, by turns satirical, perverse, unsettling, and utterly believable, expose the dangers of ordinary life even as their characters stay hidden behind the disguises they have so carefully created.
I went in with high hopes of being entertained as I immersed myself in The Safety of Objects. I mean, who wouldn’t after reading such a blurb? Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.
The book has a total of 10 stories and the common theme they had was perversion (unsettling ) and a play at satire (which I really appreciated )
The highest rating I gave the stories was 3 ⭐⭐⭐ and the lowest I gave 1 ⭐
As usual I’ll list down the stories from the best to the worst, in my opinion.
1. Adults Alone ⭐⭐⭐
Need for freedom. Love and hate.
2. Yours Truly ⭐⭐⭐
Self love. Deep imagination. Identity.
3. Esther In The Night ⭐⭐⭐
Mind blowing plot twist.
4. Slumber Party. ⭐⭐
Two curious kids who don’t know any better
5. Looking for Johnny. ⭐⭐
No purpose. Boring.
“I’m in the neighbourhood of my soul and getting worried.”
6. Jim Train. ⭐⭐
No idea what is happening.
7. The Bullet Catcher. ⭐⭐
8. The I of it. ⭐
9. A Real Doll ⭐
10. Chunky In Heat. ⭐
Disgusting and offensive
“My thoughts are my food… I have to eat.”
In case it wasn’t obvious, I genuinely didn’t enjoy the book shy of 3 stories, which still had their faults, that were better than the rest. I wouldn’t recommend The Safety of Objects to anyone.
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