Droll Tales (MP3 CD)

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By Iris Smyles, Hillary Huber (Read by), Jonathan Davis (Read by)
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A motley crew of tales that are darkly romantic, nightmarish, and altogether weird. While easily presented as absurd art pieces, Smyles finds a way to insert her heart in the main themes and keeps the narratives grounded in the human experience.

— Jesse


Witty and surreal tales that transcend rationality and illuminate our world, from America's most original writer

Welcome to the world of Droll Tales, in which reality is a mutually agreed-upon illusion and life is painful, paradoxical, beautiful, and brief. With an oddball cast of characters who reappear in various guises throughout these interrelated stories, Smyles reveals an off-kilter world overlapping this one. And in giving us a tour of this enchanted, sometimes absurd place, with its own workings and ways of expression, she gives us a new way to understand our own.

A young suburban woman runs away to Europe to become a living statue; Mallarm is at long last translated into pig Latin; a house full of surrealists compete for love on a reality TV show; a list of fortune-cookie messages reveals the inner world of the young man employed to write them; and a story of love and betrayal is told through the sentence diagrams on a fifth grader's grammar test.

Romantic, dark, and ironic, Droll Tales is a book like none you have read. It is a joyful interrogation of the paradoxes underpinning life, a cabinet of curiosities, a philosophical vaudeville, a puzzle in fourteen pieces, and a tragicomic riddle articulated in Smyles's singular style, with the mystery of the human heart at its center.

Product Details
ISBN: 9798200927319
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication Date: September 20th, 2022
Language: English