Review from OnlineBookClub.org
In William H. Coles’ Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles, 2000-2016, we encounter 36 stories focusing on the world of the inner self striving to ascertain its highest moral principles after learning that it must compromise its standards to achieve them. The characters in these stories often face social obstacles which they overcome by transforming themselves into different moral agents. After near-death or tragic experiences, they are no longer themselves; they are stronger people who demonstrate acts of great faith. While the moralistic tone of these stories may create a bias in viewpoint, it nonetheless strives to bring us nearer to the religious milieu of the speaker.
The book’s illustrations are done in expressionistic color and black-and-white. The graphic-cartoon approach makes light of the cruelty of the events in relation to the grandeur of human foibles. This work will be of interest to all who cherish fine prose. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
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