‘There Are Little Kingdoms’ by Kevin Barry

Title: ‘There Are Little Kingdoms’ by Kevin Barry
Collection/Anthology?: There Are Little Kingdoms (Stinging Fly Press)
Date Read: 16 September 2010
Briefly: Making his way through the town in high spirits, the narrator is taken by surprise when he sees somebody he recognises. The problem is that somebody has been dead for six years. Walking on in panic the narrator eventually find calm in himself and he talks to another person. Soon he recognises this man too, and guess what? Yep, you guessed it!
Afterthoughts: Well, I come to the titular story in the collection, and to be quite frank this one left me puzzled. Now don’t get me wrong, some elements of this story I adored – Barry’s wonderful descriptions of town life for instance – but ultimately it was all just a bit bewildering. In fact I sat staring at the ceiling blankly for five minutes after I finished, trying to work out the point of what I’d just read. In the end I couldn’t come up with one and I just decided that Barry must have been having a metaphysical moment when he penned the story 🙂

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).