‘See The Tree, How Big It’s Grown’ by Kevin Barry

Title: ‘See The Tree, How Big It’s Grown’ by Kevin Barry
Collection/Anthology?: There Are Little Kingdoms (Stinging Fly Press)
Date Read: 25 August 2010
Briefly: Having no memory of who he is or where he’s come from, Richie Tobin steps off a bus in a sleepy Irish town with a scuffed holdall full of clothes, €600, and a note reminding him of an appointment that he has with a local auctioneer.
Afterthoughts: What there is of this story I really enjoyed, but I felt as though this was more of an opening to a novel rather than a standalone short. And that’s because this is the kind of story where the main character gets snippets of memory recall which helps him to piece his life back together. Trouble is it’s all over before it really begins. It’s not a bad story by any stretch – I particularly like how Barry plays around with the character performing tasks through instinct – there’s just not enough space for it to reach its fullest potential.

Rating: ★★★½☆

This story was read as part of a review of Kevin Barry’s short story collection, There Are Little Kingdoms. If you want to find out more about this collection then I invite you to either visit my ‘forethoughts’ post, or to pop along to the product page for the collection, on the publisher’s website.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).