At the core of all the stories are relationships, not so much going or gone wrong as shadowed by loss, by possible paths not taken, and by isolation and separation. They never have the feel of tragedies, however, and any bleakness is offset by Jung's narration, mostly in the first person, which maintains a wry, subtle humour and an ironic distance.
The stories are around thirty pages long and are nicely balanced, maintaining tension and progression while developing their characters and exploring their ideas; it never feels either as if they are too long or that they should have been developed into novels. The closing "Night, Be Divided!" and the title story were the highlights for me, but the collection as a whole is pretty consistent.
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