Ian Williams's Not Anyone's Anything is a trio of trios: three sets of three stories, with three of those stories further divided into thirds....
|Title||:||Not Anyone's Anything|
|Number of Pages||:||224 Pages|
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Not Anyone's Anything Reviews
4.5Before reading Not Anyone's Anything I was told it was experimental writing. I know a good book nerd has no biases but that word –experimental– made me let out a big, long sarcastic oooooohh. Cringing lip and all. I picked it up thinking ‘It’s pretty light, it won’t take me too long to get through it no matter how much it makes my eyes want to roll back in my head to save themselves and my brain.’ However, I was pleasantly surprised! Not only were the characters incredibly well honed, interesting, and unique but the different demographics and stories included were engrossing. I was actually sad when I read the last word on the last page and turned to the next and saw ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. I couldn’t believe it was over. I wanted more. I would recommend this to everyone, even those who aren’t usually fans of short stories. There’s enough going on narrative and character-wise that it doesn’t feel like you’re stopping and starting over with every story (my least favourite part of reading a short story collection). Plus this is the ideal book for math and music lovers everywhere. Overall a major hit and I would read anything other prose piece Williams has to offer.
I really enjoyed this collection of stories. Over and over again, Williams's characters stepped off the page for me, enlivened by spot-on dialogue and keenly-observed physical gesture. This collection is inventive and lyrical. The stories, which are mainly set in Toronto, include several structural or conceptual 'gimmicks': pages split in half, musical scores, Korean flashcards etc. What's impressive is that these unusual formatting tricks actually work; they lift the stories to a higher poignancy, adding value for the reader without pretense. Several stories from the collection have left after-images which I suspect will linger for longer than usual due to Williams's unique pairing of form and content.
I absolutely devoured this book- each story is innovative and compelling. All of the characters are well-formed and the writing is absolutely impeccable.