A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Saturday Shorts Week 34
Welcome to our weekend series for 2014. Every Saturday this year one of our staff will suggest a favorite short story from the library’s collection, all of them a great choice for quick weekend reading.
It had been such a ferocious night that someone in a smoky ship-pictured bar had said he could feel his tombstone shaking even though he was not dead, or at least was moving; but the morning shone as clear and calm as one always imagines tomorrow will shine.
Our narrator wakes, wanders out into a small Welsh town in the early morning and imagines what dreams run through the heads of it’s sleeping citizens. We meet a sea captain, a widow, a grocer, and a school teacher, but only in a dream of their dreams.
It can be hard for us librarians to sell readers on something like this little eight page tale. It’s beautiful writing—as entrancing as any of Dylan Thomas’s poems—but there’s barely any plot to rehash, few characters to portray, no clever twist in the end, no hook whatsoever. You’ll just have to trust me that “Quite Early One Morning” is rewarding well beyond it’s diminutive scale, a quick read that will stick with you for a lifetime.
Review by Matthew