Short Story Review: KALEIDOSCOPE, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia



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Every time I read something written by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, be it a full novel or a shorter work, I am impressed by her skills as an author and even more by the range of narrative themes she employs: no two works have been the same so far, and this short story is no exception.

Kaleidoscope is a weird story – and I mean weird in the most complimentary sense, of course – one that clearly deals with the concept of parallel universes, or alternate realities, but does so in a way I never encountered before, through short sentences depicting the various incarnations of the same two people, through time and the different circumstances that keep bringing them together, or at least meeting fleetingly.

What makes this story even more exceptional is its brevity that nonetheless manages to convey so many layers, so many emotions – all of them either skirting or falling straight into the painful category, not unlike a sudden knife slash. And she makes that pain appear intriguing, which is something I can’t help marveling at.

If you have never read anything by this author, do yourself a favor and read this story, and if you enjoy Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s writing but don’t care much about shorter works, do yourself a favor and read this one. You will not regret it.



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10 thoughts on “Short Story Review: KALEIDOSCOPE, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

  1. My first encounter with this author, and I liked it a lot – thanks for the review, I’d never find the story otherwise. It is indeed a very good one!

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  2. So your description of “weird” immediately put me on guard, because I don’t do well with weird…but then, I am also a huge fan of SMG so I can’t help but be curious. Maybe this can work for me, I can’t see her style making this TOO strange and abstract!

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