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Book Review: Love Stories, edited by Ruskin Bond

Some nights, sleep evades me. I usually turn to my comfort reads on such days but for some reason, I chose to borrow this book from Kindle Unlimited to read. Perhaps the editor’s name helped the choice.

The collection has short stories from some from my favourite authors. The definition of love in each case is very different. Some stories flow easily from sentence to sentence, others don’t hold my interest as much.

My favourite story in the book was Oscar Wilde’s “The Nightingale and The Rose”. If a story can make a reader want to read more of the author’s work, I consider it successful. This was. “Happiness” by Guy de Maupassant was another memorable read. And it came as no surprise to see O Henry’s evergreen tale “The Gift of the Magi” in the collection.

Some stories, including the three I mentioned above, are definitely worth rereading. On the whole, the collection does feel average, but perhaps readers who love love stories might feel otherwise. I liked the book, but wouldn’t say it was unputdownable.

A Score Of 7 Out Of 10

Book Details:
Title: Love Stories
Editor: Ruskin Bond
Genre: Short Stories/Romance
No. of Pages: 211
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
Rating: 7 out of 10

Vinay Leo R.
© A Bookworm’s Musing
16th Mar. 2019


Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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