"The Dancing Frog" is a set of brief tales and poems written in fresh, spare prose that belies their complicated subject matters and poetic energy. the gathering may be learn as an entire - a meditation on love, intercourse, demise and redemption.
BOOK assessment, Adam Bessie
As an English professor, I’m very inspired by means of Fitzgerald’s unpretentious , available, and finely crafted selection of brief tales and poetry which take me back to the fact of the simple story-telling sort of Jack London or John Steinbeck. and prefer London, lots of Fitzgerald’s tales use trip and event to discover lifestyles, as he's taking us to the bottom camp of Everest in “The candy tune of hope” and to Micronesia in “Lionfish.” yet Fitzgerald isn't really rehashing London, who wrote approximately go back and forth as a tender guy pushing his actual and spirital barriers: Fitzgerald appears to be like again on those adventures as an older guy, and makes use of them to discover the complexities of personality and human dating, in particular love and loss.
Like Steinbeck. Fitzgerald has a superb feel of position and personality, most sensible illustrated in “The Artichoke King of Nevada City,” a hilarious and poignant tale of an getting older hippie, his Mexican migrant lover, killer Siamese cats and a few killer artichoke weed.
But what impresses me such a lot is that Fitzgerald is a grasp of the disappearing paintings of brevity, an unlucky sufferer within the age of rambling blogs: he doesn’t waste the readers’ time with self-indulgent thrives, yet fairly tells bright tales with a concise, sincere readability. he's at his most sensible in his “short brief fiction,” 3 to 5 pages tales like “The Silver Trophy” during which he exhibits us a tender boy studying approximately loss of life in one morning, looking together with his father for rabbits.
These tales are “moveable feasts,” as Hemingway may well say – and whereas they take a couple of minutes to learn, they remain round, digesting, for a lot longer.
I strongly suggest this assortment not to simply the literary, yet those that similar to an exceptional learn.