Review of: Last Grains of Sand 

reviewed by dgburton on 02/28/2011
Credited Review
Like Sands Through the Hourglass... Credited Review
I thought this was a very good character piece about a man who's gotten to the point where he doesn't so much live as he does remember living. The small details (a boiled egg, two slices of toast, prune juice, the Iron Works, "God Bless the Child") were an eloquent touch.

I would have liked to see more of Conrad's coping in day to day life--a contrast to his memories of the good old days--but we do get the sense of his sadness, and of how he clings to things, both physical and emotional.

Overall the dialogue was good, especially the supporting characters, but it's hard to establish Conrad's age from his dialect and speech patterns, which might be worth working on. I hadn't realized quite how old he must be until there was the discussion of teeth implants. That's a small matter, perhaps, but sometimes it's the small details that can really elevate a piece.

Anyway, I thought it was well done and I enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future.

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