I really like short stories – and I really liked the collection
of anecdotes in Not Literary.
Combining autobiography with at times some riotous comedy – about such
events as young women being coerced into stripping in a bar and liking it a bit
too much, and her almost crippling herself to buy her colleagues donuts – Auriane’s
are real crackers. She takes mundane day-to-day
events and squeezes out the laughs; I for one found myself in stitches at
times, right from pretty early on. Her
comic narrative is faultless and her yarns are absolute entertainment. Toward the end, they perhaps start to become a
little less unique, and maybe now it would have been nice to see the tales
moving in a slightly different direction; I’m no prude, but you do need a somewhat
tolerant outlook to continue to get with her experiences of casual sex and
casual drugs – by then, I’ll admit they stopped matching the humour punch of
the early stages – though, in truth, by then you don’t care; Auriane is
endearing. I read the whole short book
in half an afternoon.
She is a great writer, too; I can totally imagine a novel
written by her. A comic-gold, slice of
life, anti-chicklit. She seems to draw the
humour from her life in the deep southern states, and lives in direct contrast
to any societal expectations; she loves her drugs, her one-night stands; her
gay and trans friends and her liberal, broadminded lifestyle. Thankfully avoiding educating the reader of society’s
prejudices, she simply says: “This is how we roll and I love it.” I’ll admit, I did relive a few of my own less
wholesome younger moments reading this, and with a smile.
There are one or two slight mishaps, which could perhaps do
with addressing (surely she means Peter Griffin?), and to tell the truth I would
like to see Auriane mix it up a little bit: writing styles, prose perhaps, topics,
etc. just to keep it fresh. But one thing
she has shown is that she sees the fun in life, in any situation, and is more
than able to put it into words. Laughter
on a page would define her writing, and I for one enjoyed every moment of it.
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