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Attrib. and other stories av Eley Williams
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Attrib. and other stories (2017)

av Eley Williams

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This debut collection from Eley Williams centres upon the difficulties of communication and the way one's thoughts may never be fully communicable and yet can overwhelm you. Attrib. celebrates the tricksiness of language just as it confronts its limits. Correspondingly, the stories are littered with the physical ephemera of language: dictionaries, dog-eared pages, bookmarks and old coffee stains on older books. This is writing that centres on the weird, tender intricacies of the everyday. A bold new collection from one of Britain's most original new writers.… (mer)
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I had high hopes for this, but - and I know this might be treasonous for some, looking at other reviews - I was slightly underwhelmed. Yes, I think 3 or 4 of the stories were actually good and Williams is clearly a decent writer, but there was nothing actually new here. OK, she has fun playing with words and layout and punctuation and all that - but so have many others before her. And given that some of my favourite writers include Hopkins, ee cummings and Ali Smith, for example, I felt that some of what she was doing pales in comparison. As I say, I enjoyed some of the stories very much, but as a whole it was, for me, hit or miss. I do think that it will be interesting to see how Williams progresses, because she is clearly a writer to watch for the future. ( )
1 rösta Alan.M | Apr 16, 2019 |
Another book I read for the online/Future Learn How to Read a novel course that was a bit outside my comfort zone but offered major rewards.

I am not a big fan of writers who are known for their playfulness with language and so I was ready to dislike these stories or at least find them a chore to read. And instead, I was quite delighted. I found the actual stories that were told to be very relatable, very humanly scaled - break-ups, heartache, illness, and I admired the way some of them were timed and focused on a moment - right before something monumental happened or just after. I also liked that they were so totally unspecific about gender - although there are clues and ways to surmise what sex a couple might be - it was purposefully quite vague. In an interview, Williams says something about leaving details up to the reader - in regard to what characters look like - and so I felt again, that this was her way of giving a reader room to imagine themselves in the story. although I thought Spines and Confessions of an Ortolan Chef admirable in their depiction of the worse of human behavior, I preferred Smote, Alight at the Next, Synesthete, and Platform for their humanity.

Williams imagery and word play blew me away - I loved it so much and that's saying something because its the kind of thing that usually makes me squirrely.

One thing about these stories, is that they really benefit from being read aloud. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Aug 8, 2018 |
Eley Williams' debut collection of short stories features one of the most unique styles of writing fiction that I have read in years. These are quite short stories, there are 17 of them in about 170 pages. The themes and plots often involve discussions or extrapolations on the meaning of words but it is all done in an entertaining and often humorous and surprising ways that are not academic or linguistic exercises. My favourites were a mini-arc of animal/arachnoid themes going from tortoises in "Scutiform", rats in "Mischief", hedgehogs in "Spines" and spiders in "Spins" (those are the final sequence of 4 stories).

Probably "Mischief" with its story of a landmine sniffing rat is my absolute favourite, not only for its rodent hero but for its bonus shout-out to Estonian American neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp.

I was enormously pleased to discover this book through the 2017 Republic of Consciousness Prize where it was one of the final 6 shortlisted books before going on to win the top Prize on March 20, 2018. That is almost a year since its original publication by Influx Press so it is terrific that the word about this writer and her first book will now get a further boost.

Thank you to Influx Press and Turnaround UK for my Indiegogo Perk copy of this book!

Bonus track
In case you don't know the Sherlock Holmesian background to Eley Williams' Twitter handle, just do a Library Thing search for Giant Rat of Sumatra. ( )
  alanteder | Apr 2, 2018 |
I'd heard good things about this book, and when I flicked through and saw the author photo (she is feathered and standing on a lady's head) I knew that we were going to get along.

They are very short stories (mostly around 10 pages) focussed on words, writing, isolation, loss, rats, hedgehogs, art, ortolans, and many other things. Above all the author excels at showing the neurotic freewheeling daydreaming human mind -- in fact it is pretty scary how she seems to have plundered my mind for material.

This is an original and trolmydames read which adds to some equally amazing recent short story collections in English, mostly being published by small presses. If Joanna Walsh, Claire-Louise Bennett, Camila Grudova, Angela Readman are for you, then this will be too. And vice-versa. Highly recomm. ( )
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1. To aſcribe to give; to yieldas due.
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This debut collection from Eley Williams centres upon the difficulties of communication and the way one's thoughts may never be fully communicable and yet can overwhelm you. Attrib. celebrates the tricksiness of language just as it confronts its limits. Correspondingly, the stories are littered with the physical ephemera of language: dictionaries, dog-eared pages, bookmarks and old coffee stains on older books. This is writing that centres on the weird, tender intricacies of the everyday. A bold new collection from one of Britain's most original new writers.

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