Playing Sardines, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Playing Sardines - a game in the dark, a game about desire, about wanting, all whipped up in a tale about the erotic allure of recipes: a cook whose obsessive love turns hungry and dangerous; a fan who tries to get into a celebrity novelist's sheets; a fanatical dieter and maker of lists working out how to deal with a husband who snores; a faddy eater thrown off-course by a miracle; a child greedy for love who faces up to her demon of jealousy - just some of the characters who shape this wonderful collection.

Women yearning for what they haven't got - prepared to be wily, deceptive, cunning and perverse - all these strategies for survival in love and life are deployed here to mouth-watering effect.


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Intelligent, literary stories with a carefully calculated variety of tone and subject.

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This collection of short stories reads almost like an experiment in sensuality. Many of the stories focus on food, describing in detail the textures, colors, aromas, and colors of various dishes. Others describe in detail the beauty of <I>objets d'art</I> or even the beauty of everyday things. Still others wallow in the sensuality of love and sex. Even religion is approached through the senses. Most of Roberts's protagonists are in rather bittersweet--if not simply bitter--situations, but they seem to be redeemed by their sensual memories.While this is not the best of Roberts's works that I have read, it was certainly interesting.

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