Life usually does not set one single tone. Life usually ranges from funny to tragic; from interesting to intriguing.
Life is usually made of a lot of single small stories, sometimes related, sometimes not. You sit down at the dinner table on Christmas night and you ask your family: “Hey, do you remember that man who…?” And so your family has a collection of small stories; you laugh at most of them, and you feel sorry for some others.
Reading Jimmy Olsen’s book of small stories “The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories” I felt the same way; some tales were funny and some were real sad. Some of them had happy endings with unlikely heroes who were smart and were able to twist fate to their advantage. In some other cases, no matter how hard the character worked, her fate got her in the end. Isn’t life like that? For some reason some people make it, and for some reason, some people don’t. And that’s just life. And you gather together at Christmas and New Year’s Eve to talk about them and about their fates. And you wonder…
Jimmy Olsen spent a great deal of his life in the Dominican Republic diving. His short stories in this book clearly show his background and his expertise in the subject.
Jimmy was able to make me laugh as well as to make me feel sad. His book takes advantage of the short stories format to give you a little of everything and keep you interested, and Jimmy shows that he is able to carry out the mission, regardless of the tone of the story.
If you are a busy person with no time to commit to a great lengthy novel, this book will keep you entertained with stories about the sea, the islands and the people who stay close to them.
You can buy Jimmy’s book at Amazon here.
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