‘Born Not Made’ by Rachel Sargeant

Story Title: ‘Born Not Made’ by Rachel Sargeant
Collection/Anthology?: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 3 (Bristol Review of Books Ltd.)
Date Read: 8th February 2011
Briefly: Mozza has three fundamentally important things in her life – her friend Luke, her alcoholic mother and her profound love for music. Oh and then there’s Toni Salieri, the spoilt brat of a girl from the choir, who takes great delight in belittling Mozza at every opportunity.
Afterthoughts: While I found this to be a well written and somewhat engaging story, nothing stood out as being particularly outstanding. I say that but the way in which Germany-based Sargeant describes how music affects the main character is sublime i.e. it [the car’s CD player] was giving off a sound like honey, sweet and slow that oozed into Mozza’s head and trickled down to the heart.’

Rating: ★★★☆☆

This story was read as part of a review of the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, Volume 3. If you want to find out more about this anthology then I invite you to head on over and read my ‘forethoughts’ post, and/or visit the the Bristol Short Story Prize 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).