Monday, March 22, 2010
It is clear that we read for pleasure; what is less obvious are the varieties of pleasures we experience. Pleasing isn't always pleasant. Take Caroline Blackwood's stories -- they are rare in their brutal exposure and are deeply troubling to read. Yet "Never Breathe a Word" (The Collected Stories of Caroline Blackwood) is nothing less than a marvelous slide into an emotional abyss.