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  • Title: Multitudes
  • Author: Lucy Caldwell
  • ISBN: 9780571313501
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • From Belfast to London and back again the eleven stories that comprise Caldwell s first collection explore the many facets of growing up the pain and the heartache, the tenderness and the joy, the fleeting and the formative or the drunkenness of things being various Stories of longing and belonging, they culminate with the heart wrenching and unforgettable title stoFrom Belfast to London and back again the eleven stories that comprise Caldwell s first collection explore the many facets of growing up the pain and the heartache, the tenderness and the joy, the fleeting and the formative or the drunkenness of things being various Stories of longing and belonging, they culminate with the heart wrenching and unforgettable title story.
    Multitudes From Belfast to London and back again the eleven stories that comprise Caldwell s first collection explore the many facets of growing up the pain and the heartache the tenderness and the joy the fle

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    1. The 11 stories in this collection were written over several years What is surprising is that they form such a coherent series Caldwell is a young born 1981 , Belfast born writer All of these stories are set in Belfast, specifically in East Belfast East Belfast is staunchly Protestant, in this city which continues to be segregated by religion Younger residents shun sectarianism, but housing patterns, bitter histories, and old habits don t change quickly East Belfast gave us C.S Lewis and Van Morr [...]

    2. What a short story collection Lucy Caldwell has a way with words the beautifully written stories evoke with each one the exact emotion I imagine she is trying to get from the reader the awkwardness the excitement the guilt the fear Reading this collection, was for me, like eating a packet of chocolate biscuits, you devour one, but then convince your self that you ll have just one , and then suddenly when you look up you ve devoured the whole lot You may have the slight guilt afterwards for havin [...]

    3. A gorgeous collection of short stories set in Belfast about growing up, falling in love, queerness, motherhood and figuring out who you are Caldwell s writing is evocative and full of nuance.Stand out stories Poison, Through the Wardrobe and Here We Are.

    4. After reading Eimear McBride and now Lucy Caldwell s collection of interwoven short stories Multitudes, I feel quite affirmed in my belief that there is something in the water Irish women writers drink that enables them to capture the thrum and buzz of adolescence with such clarity.

    5. I enjoyed this short story collection, which I had actually bought at its launch but hadn t read until now, without being blown away by it Caldwell, as far as I know, doesn t live in Belfast any, and a few of the stories were so chock full of references, both physical and cultural, that it began to feel that she was trying too hard to show her local cred Just a personal gripe Saying that, these were seven issue driven stories which represented a very different side to the city than one often rea [...]

    6. This was a really good collection of short stories It started with the only story I didn t like, but it quickly got better All the stories explored some aspect of growing up, with a sad undertone that was always present I saw a lot of potential reading some of them and I m definitely intrigued to read of her works.Fav Stories Poison, Through the Wardrobe.

    7. Another great book of the month from the Irish Times This collection focuses primarily on young women in contemporary Belfast, all with varying degrees of difficulty that are immediately recognizable, situations that are as prevalent globally thanks to the presence of the Internet The Good Son presented life in Belfast as experienced possibly by the previous generation, during the Troubles These young people are facing life challenges without the overt violence in the streets of that earlier tim [...]

    8. Brilliant, just brilliant Maybe it s because she writes about the East Belfast and West London that I know so very well Or the capturing of the Elusive Northern Irish spirit so perfectly, The writing is just so damn good that I feel like I know and walk through the stories with the characters, and will be still thinking about them for a long time to come Beautiful

    9. This collection of shorts starts with a story written in the second person my heart sank I can t stand an author saying you did this and you did that it drives me mad Anyway, it gets better I think Lucy Caldwell writes really well from a teenage perspective and these were my favourites I especially liked Thirteen and Poison , though they brought a dreadful feeling of recognition how awful to be young.

    10. Multitudes, by Lucy Caldwell, is a collection of eleven short stories set in Belfast As a native of the city and a fan of the short story form I approached this book with high expectations I was not disappointed.Several of the stories are told from the point of view of a child and the author has captured both the voice and the conflict of feelings at each age perfectly It is easy to forget how torrid growing up can be the desperate loneliness, being unable to articulate feelings, the fear of rej [...]

    11. I read quite a few short story collections, but very few make it on to Random Things, for various reasons I ve often found that short stories have left me feeling unfulfilled as a reader, that I ve not really understood what the author is trying to say Sometimes a collection will feature one or two excellent stories whilst the others feel like they ve been added as an afterthought, or to pad out the book.I have had none of these feelings whilst reading, or after I ve finished Multitudes This is [...]

    12. Multitudes is a rather superior story collection set mostly in East Belfast.For those who don t know it, Northern Ireland is a rather conservative place with a high degree of social compliance It tends not to deal well with diversity Just to exemplify this, it is a place where the weekend TV continuity announcer in the 1990s, Julian Simmonds, was an unmarried man in late middle age, with bleached blond hair, a range of pastel coloured jackets, a camp accent and a day job working for an airline A [...]

    13. Something I was not expecting when I started this book, was to identify with it as much as I did At points I felt as though I could be the narrator, it struck me so closely, reminding me of those painful feelings in adolescence that I thought I had forgotten I actually felt uncomfortable reading some of the stories, to the extent that I couldn t finish Poison at all, for reasons I m not even sure I can explain to myself Despite these negative feelings, I really enjoyed the book and the writing, [...]

    14. A beautifully put together collection by Lucy Caldwell the stories all take place in E Belfast and most are about girls young or on the verge of adolescence and all the trials and tribulations therein There are a few missteps but some real stunners too I loved the sense of place, the Van Morrison references very subtle but there, and the way the Troubles were implicit but not overt A childs eye view without a lick of twee ness I m off to find everything else by her Thanks to the Library Thing ea [...]

    15. Caldwell gives us a series of short stories that deal with many different aspects of life today, including many happenings that will make the reader think Each story has its own voice, which shows the mastery of the author s craft The settings would appear to be Northern Ireland, which shows that the issues tackled in these stories are universal If you enjoy modern literature and short stories, this is a must read I was given a free copy of this book through LibraryThing s Early Reviewers progra [...]

    16. This book gives you many perspectives and lessons about particular moment in life Consist of 11 short stories, start with a child character, teenager, adult and end with a mother character All of the stories are beautifully written and somehow seems very real You can sense the real portrayal of people s life from its precise description of emotions, places and the use of second person narrative in several stories My favorite stories are Through the Wardrobe, Poison and Thirteen which all of them [...]

    17. I m kind of on the fence about this book They were decent enough stories, but I don t think they ll stay with me once I close the book

    18. Multitudes is a series of eleven short stories with the overarching theme of transition and adolescence They are mainly told in first person and the infrequently seen second person as well The main characters usually female go through love, heartbreak, self doubt and other emotions in a couple of pages before moving on to the next unrelated story.To me, these short stories were enjoyable to read but not particularly so Some of them did not leave me feeling much after reading them or leave much o [...]

    19. One of the things I love about the anthology The Long Gaze Back which I read at the end of last year is how it has tipped me off to so many great writers I first read Lisa McInerney s writing here before she won the Baileys Prize this year and I also read Lucy Caldwell s short story Multitudes in this anthology I was immediately struck by the intense energy and emotion of this tale about the perilous days immediately following a birth when a newborn s life is in danger because of an unexpected i [...]

    20. I m a bit torn on this one some really strong short stories Multitudes and Poison stick out as two great ones, one about the premature birth of a woman s son and the complex relationship that happens between mother and baby when they re ill and the other about a young girl s crush on a teacher who she then sees again when she s older Many of the stories centre around young girls and their lives in Belfast which is a welcome perspective They cover topics such as racism, being trans, first loves s [...]

    21. I really loved this collection I found these stories raw, emotional, captivating and all were beautifully written I m looking forward to reading of Lucy Caldwell s work As usual with short story collections, I liked some than others My favourites were Thirteen, Poison, Here We Are and Cyprus Avenue There weren t any stories that I didn t like, although I do think as others have pointed out that the stories that focus on teenagers were slightly stronger than the rest I really enjoyed each and e [...]

    22. I completely adored this short story collection I think it took me over a month to read it because I was trying to savour it without even realising The stories circle around modern ordinary lives, from ages 12 30, they are all completely beautiful in there exploration of a sense of self The collection changes in tone as the book moves along, the last three stories left me in tears, Inexstinguishable Cyprus Avenue MultitudesPlease read this book Please write books like this If you liked this boo [...]

    23. I don t like short stories, but keep on picking up collections of them After reading The Long Gaze Back , I remember this author as being one of the ones I like I found this book by complete accident and ate it up in two afternoons I absolutely loved it In her stories, she touches on a universal feeling of what it s like to be a human, by making the reader feel like the main character in each story It was a total bonus that they were mostly in East Belfast and I could see every place her charact [...]

    24. It is hard to rate a collection like this, because I would rate some stories differently from others Regardless, the last story in particular Multitudes was written in a style and with a sympathy which I have never read elsewhere and that one in particular sold me on the five star rating Other favorites were Inextinguishable, Through the Wardrobe, and Killing Time Caldwell does an excellent job of addressing issues head on, and with such insight you would think she had lived through them all.

    25. This collection of short stories are predominantly set around East Belfast And with me being from there, I m familiar with a lot of the place names But there s something familiar about the characters too, almost as if I ve met them before, and journeyed these same roads That s down to the genius of the storyteller who brings out so much from these individual characters that it s hard not to engage with them A compelling read.

    26. I m not really a short story person and this sort of reinforced it for me I ve not read any of Lucy s books and this is what i had to hand I find them well written but somehow didn t engage as well for me Horses for courses.

    27. I must admit, generally I dislike short stories Often I find them incomplete, ambiguous, and sometimes even pretentious After reading some stories in this book you get a feeling that you have read a whole book My top three favourites must be Thirteen, Poison and Here We Go.

    28. simply amazing Even after one page you feel so connected with the characters of each story and their fate really touches you And on top of it it s just very Belfast

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