16 October 2007

Alfar's Kite of Stars and Other Stories - A virtual launch

First of all, it's against my code as a reader looking for truth in blab, to rave positively about a book that I secretly don't respect. Second, I was delighted to have the chance to wax diarrheic about Dean Francis Alfar's The Kite of Stars and Other Stories, just physically launched in Manila by Anvil Publishing.

Blindfolded courier pigeons, insatiable appetites, overwhelming pride, toes painted blue, spooned soursop, the AsiaPac community station in geosynch orbit around the moon, love without a heart, tragedy and absurdity; stars of course, in many forms; and always, riddles. For those who like their stories rich, their wit dry and their history served with a twist, this gorgeous collection from a cynical romantic deserves a global readership. Alfar writes of many times and in many styles including the classic fairy tale, but in two ways he is a 21st century English-language-plus writer. His use of words and surprising vocabulary is so wonderfully, playfully true to meaning that he can only be an English-as-a-second-language writer (among which are the best users of English in the world today). And he writes of place with a calm assurance of its importance, not as some ethnic other than the default normal western setting, but as important in itself. I have to add that I particularly love his historical concoctions, especially the footnotes.

To make a long (and wholeheartedly enthusiastic) blurb one sentence longer: Dean Francis Alfar's Kite of Stars and Other Stories is bold and penetrating, warming and luscious as a durian but legal as airplane carry-on.

1 comment:

Dean said...

Thanks so much, Anna!