This is an eclectic mix of 12 short stories edited by the British author, Nick Hornby. All the tales are utterly delicious. A powerful collection from some of the hottest contemporary writers including the actor, Colin Firth.
None of the stories from Speaking with the Angel, which is put together by Hornby to raise money for autistic children, will disappoint you. One story tells about a homophobic ghost while another talks about a self-deluded mime artist.
Hornby was introduced to me by my cousin, Aris. He bought a copy of 'About a Boy' while on vacation in Hong Kong in 1999. When he came back he tossed the book to my face and said that it would have me laughing by the first few pages. And it did. Actually, it had me after just a few sentences.
Nick's dry humor grabs one by the balls. Reading him is like having a chitchat with an old chap. He is funny as hell. I love it when his characters spit out those British cuss words like cunt.
Back to the anthology. My favorites are:
NippleJesus (Nick Hornby). Again, Nick's main character, Dave, is someone you can relate to. He is just your average English bloke; a club bouncer forced by circumstance to look for another job when one night a punk tried to jab a six-inch, rusty and sharp 'spiker' at his throat. A family man, Dave decides to look for a better job. He landed a gig at an Art Gallery. There, the poor guy gets to guard a dodgy piece that came to be known as NippleJesus.
Catholic Guilt (Irvine Welsh). A homophobic chap died while on top of his best friend's sister. As a punishment he is condemned by an angel to bugger all his mates in the after life. He has to keep doing it until he enjoys it.
To my twisted soulsister, Kareen, thank you for sharing with me your copy of the 'Speaking with the Angel' book. Finally, tapos ko na basahin. Salamat.