There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Anna Summers

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Rating – 2.5 stars

There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya translated by Anna Summers – whew! That title is a mouthful.

That is the longest title for a book I have ever read. Even an abbreviated form of it has more than 10 words.

I wasn’t looking for something new or a classic when I picked this one up. Sometimes you need a break from the norm, which was exactly what I was looking for.

I came across this anthology a couple of days ago when I was looking for Neil Gaiman’ short story collection ‘Unnatural Creatures‘ though both the books have nothing in common except them being anthologies.

While Gaiman’ collection was fantasy based this one  is on romance.

The common thread that runs through all these stories is a singular theme that binds them. Family especially maternal love.

The title of the book pretty much gives an idea of the mood of the book. The sole reason I picked up this book today was well I dint want to read anything pretentious – I just wanted a read I knew was what it seemed like. Nothing new or exciting or even trying to be.

These romances aren’t your average boy meets girl – falls in love – they overcome issues and live happily ever after type. All of these stories explore the world in its grim reality. These are not stories depicted in candy-floss romances that view the world through rose-tinted glasses. Rather they shake the very foundations of a perfect love and a beautiful world. They embark on journeys of forbidden love and love doomed from the beginning. They delve into a sweet tale sometimes and at times a grotesque affair.

The one I enjoyed the most was – ‘The Goddess Parka’. And not because of the ending but rather because of the characters.

Not the most original or innovative, however could be read once.

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