|The iconic Rolls Royce “Spirit of Ecstasy” hood (bonnet) ornament which plays interestingly into E. L. Smith’s short stories.|
Two days ago, I spent the best three dollars of my life. I bought a book written by my friend, E.L Smith of the exquisite blog Mon Avis Mes Amis. I say “exquisite” because of her writing. It takes my breath away. If I didn’t like Els so much I would be jealous.
No. OK. I am jealous. She is brilliant.
Ten Tales Told is a collection of 10 marvellously rendered short stories. Titles of the stories are the years in which they transpire, beginning with 1919, taking us to today. What is particularly impressive and impeccable is how her language changes as she moves from epoch to epoch reflecting the mores of the times. Eccentric and eclectic are a perfect description of her collection.
Not only does she compose and choose words with perfect pitch precision, but also she certainly knows how to tell a story. Her characters, her descriptions. . . the conversations neatly wrapped in her seemingly easy, breezy prose, the colors of wet, translucent leaves in the sun. I could go on and on, but instead I would like to suggest that you too go right to this link:
I promise you, you will be making the best three dollar investment ever.
Unfortunately, for the moment at least, Ten Tales Told is only available electronically. I’m hoping it will soon be a book I can give my friends for Christmas.
More good news: Els promised to share some of her short stories in this space. Not the ones in her book, but others she has saved. Won’t that be exciting?