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Reviewed by Jon Michael Miller for Readers' Favorite
Resistance, Revolution and Other Love Stories by an author who goes by K is a short story collection that shows off K's astounding power and acrobatic talent as a writer. It seems K can do it all, and the proof lies in these twelve stories’ diversity of subject and style. A graduate study project might be to find the common link in all of them, and the search might begin in the title with the word “love” and all its manifestations. Take, for instance, the first story “Radius” in which a Palestinian man sets out one morning for a simple meeting in Jerusalem, and his mind works overtime with every nuance of his senses. He loves his homeland and his people, and we soon find out why his immediate awareness is so intensely activated. Or the second with its silly teenage sex talk and its underlying rampant desires. Or the later rewrite of Virgil’s “Orpheus and Eurydice” with its much more satisfying ending.
Resistance, Revolution and Other Love Stories by K is unabashed literature for readers up for a challenge of meaning wrapped in the soaring beauty of language. It is a tour de force of word art and storytelling. My favorites are the more accessible and less metaphorical, especially “Head Down,” in which a happily married man meets “the love of his life” at an IT conference for his work. In its dramatic simplicity, the story demonstrates the author’s comfort with and mastery of direct dialogue and precise detail. But if your bag happens to be pure allegory, have a look at the astounding futuristic 2073 and the metaphor of war-wound death in “Wolf.” I ventured into every piece and without fail discovered K's phenomenally joyous understanding of the heights and horrors of human existence. Writing does not come any better than this.