Eunoia Leaf Editions
Two stories. Two cultures. One beautiful book.
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Tiny books beautifully presented, each book is a collection of two or three micro stories, or a short non-fiction or opinion piece. They may be classics or from contemporary authors. They can juxtapose themes, ideas, eras and cultures, in any number of combinations.
Leaf Editions are just the right size to read over a coffee, in the hotel lobby, on public transport, or while passing the time. They are small enough to slip into a pocket or purse and each one bears a distinctive foil cover image, has gorgeous coloured inside covers and are a delight to hold and read.
Strandings won the fiction prize of the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Writing in 2009. The theme of the competition was ‘the place of human beings in the universe’ and was chosen to coincide with the 2009 International Year of Astronomy. It was described by the judge as “a poignant, fresh, evocative and original story involving a whale, a karesansui garden and a suburban Auckland family”.
Stephen Leacock’s self-deprecating humour often bears a sharp barb of social commentary. The four stories here are from his ‘Literary Lapses’ short stories. The first deals with Leacock’s character’s inability to deal with simple banking transactions and the second and third are aimed squarely at a stereotype of the rich of the time, as well as the sense of naïveté sometimes associated with the view from outside of the wealthy castles of millionaires. The last story deals with insurance.
The Burrow is an unfinished story. The protagonist is an unnamed and undescribed creature whose life appears to revolve around the continuously evolving defensive building works of its home. It is not as well-known as his other pieces but deserves to be given more prominence. It is odd and strangely affecting. Like many of his stories Kafka infuses the work with slanted, dry humour.
The Doll's House
The Doll’s House is the delightful story of the Burnell and the Kelvey children. It centres around the doll’s house recently given to the privileged Burnell children. The story is more than it seems; a commentary on class differences and human similarities, it reflects Katherine Mansfield’s own concerns with the plight of oppression.