I love short stories!
I wrote in my diary not very long ago, I think short stories are far more exciting to write because they capture a spark of imagination that lasts right through the moment of the story. A full-length novel… It begins with the spark, but for me involves more labourious imagination and less exciting inspiration.
I’ve read The White Horse of Zennor and Other Stories before, and I enjoyed it just as much the second time around.
Writing about the sea is an old idea. I think, of course, of Tennyson and so many others.
Michael Morpurgo captures the same excitement and thrill of the sea in stories that mix the traditional and the modern.
Magic, folk-tales and a very willing suspension of disbelief come together to create stories that are filled with wonder.
The first story, The Giant’s Necklace, made me sad, but it was so gently told, with such great sensitivity, that I did not feel any sense of loneliness. Rather, there was the kind of sadness that seeks comfort in the world around because the same world that causes sadness also extends comfort.
And of course, with the book in my hands and enough time to curl up and enjoy it, comfort also came from the fact that I had so many more stories to read right there.