Troy’s Book Club: Hello Goodbye Hello

“Hello Goodbye Hello” is as much a collection of short-stories (of real meetings between famous folks) as it is an experiment in formatting. The author, Craig Brown, tells 101 tales of encounters between the famous, the infamous, and others. Each story is exactly 1001 words, and daisy-chains from one story to the next (for example, Ernest Hemingway meets Ford Madox Ford, then  Ford Madox Ford meets Oscar Wilde, then Oscar Wilde meets Marcel Proust – you get the idea).

Honestly, I was so-so about this book. It was interesting, some of the stories; others, I didn’t know who either of the participants were. The saving grace was that it >is< an easy read. At only 3-ish pages per story, there’s not much commitment to any narrative. So, for me, it was a pretty perfect bedtime book…read two, maybe three stories, and move on to another book for a chapter, come back to HGB the next night, and putter on along.

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