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Miette has been podcasting the best of world literature's short fiction since March 2005, when she was just a pup.

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  1. jossip
    jossip July 30, 2010 at 5:35 am |

    You’re right. This is one of the strangest stories I’ve ever read and I do love it. I want more! Have a happy happy vacation Miette and I’ll be waiting for you to return.

  2. Robert Nagle
    Robert Nagle July 30, 2010 at 8:01 pm |

    What a lovely story! Very subtle observations; I think losing weight provides an occasion for reflection. I actually listened to it twice because I wanted to be sure I didn’t miss anything.

    I think weight loss is more transformative for women for men. I lost 20 pounds and nobody seemed to notice or care (except family). When you are trying to lose weight, everything becomes a challenge, a temptation, an occasion to think about how others people perceive you.

    A good counterpoint to the story is Kafka’s Hunger Artist (which is more solitary and existential). Wood’s story presents the issue within the context of a relationship, and so there is more drama and conflict.

    By the way, shame on you for linking to the librovox version of Decameron. I’ve had that book setting on my shelf for several years (even though I have resolved to read it soon). For some books, listening to it seems like such a copout!

  3. Robert Nagle
    Robert Nagle July 30, 2010 at 8:03 pm |

    Monica Wood has a wonderful recommended reading page with annotations on her website . Lots of interesting titles.

  4. Heather Christie
    Heather Christie October 3, 2010 at 7:04 am |

    Wonderful story. I could so relate to the character, and the narration was great as always. My favorite so far!

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