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Unexpected: Short Stories from Around the…

Unexpected: Short Stories from Around the World

by P. F. Citizen One

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A short collection of brief stories and anecdotes compiled from the author's very interesting life travelling around the world as a petroleum engineer. Each of his stories is told as though sitting down with a good friend for some coffee and hearing about their amazing adventures. The stories, though short each have an unexpected ending that elicits strong emotion through humor, sadness and compassion.

My favorite story is probably the very first where the author tells of his Brazillian friend who is waiting to get married. The friend is away from home for long periods of time and has a girlfriend on the side. The author warns the friend of his actions and come wedding day the groom is in for a big surprise.

I also loved the last story about a Chinese boy who grew up thinking that he would amount to nothing and decided to live his adult life trying to make others happy. However, it wasn't until after his death that he was recognized for all he did.

A nice little collection of short stories, and a very quick read. I did notice a few editing errors, such as 'live' instead of 'life' and the repitition of a phrase, but nothing that hindered my enjoyment of the book.

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  Mishker | Dec 6, 2016 |
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A series of short, true life stories, which are the product of the travels and observations of one man. The stories are a miscellaneous collection of the funny and sad, of tragedy, love and friendship. And they are all, in a way, unexpected. Unexpected takes you on a journey from a Brazilian working on the oil rigs of Venezuela, who gets the shock of his life, to the uplifting story of a Chinese beggar living on the streets, entertaining passers-by with his songs and surviving through the mercy and kindness of others. There is a story for each of us in this book. Each one is subtly different and each carries either a message of hope for lost, or of caution for the unwary. Unexpected is just that. Just as life is and just as the course of our lives run, at times unexpectedly.… (more)

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