In You Will Have a Black Labrador Nino Gugunishvili gives us ten delightfull essays.
Maybe I did not agree with some aspects found in In Search of Peter or Make Me an Omelette or even in the Ara Means No! Or, the Art of Saying No but I still enjoyed very much all ten of them. They gave me the occasion to review my own values and limits.
I loved A Family Album and Till Death Do Us Part! Under the lines, I could feel the subtle criticism of today's habits and the tendency of cutting the roots... and how photography lost its deeper meaning. Maybe Till Death Do Us Part hit too close to home.
A Letter to My Unborn Children hides profound regret hidden under a (humorous) resignation.
The humor and light atmosphere (but sometimes ironically) turn down the seriousness of the addressed topics (see the blurb) making them easier to digest. But do not mistake, the topics and the feelings involved are real and vital. When society changes, the rules change, what defines us in the end?
Yep, these essays deserve to be discussed, so I'm waiting for you to read them as I just add another NO: No is for ignoring this volume.
Love, memories, family, enduring friendships, cooking, movies, dogs, travels, hairstyles, and saying Yes to many No’s in a witty, yet often sentimental, journey of self-discovery…
You Will Have a Black Labrador is a collection of semiautobiographical essays forming a narrative about a modern Georgian woman. Her stories range from the search for a perfect romantic partner to exploring food as an integral part of the Georgian culture. Many of the vignettes center on childhood memories or weird family traditions, such as the way family members stay connected no matter if they’re deceased or alive. One essay reveals how making a simple omelette can change your life; and that No can be the most powerful word in any language. She shows us, too, that a haircut can be a tribute to the movies you love as well as a path to your freedom; and how owning a dog always brings unexpected experiences. In this poignantly humourous collection, reality mixes and interferes with an imaginative world in so many surprising ways.
About the author:
"You Will Have a Black Labrador" is Nino Gugunishvili’s recently released collection of short essays. She is also the author of a women’s fiction novel, Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock, published in English and Russian. She resides in Tbilisi, Georgia.
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