"These four enthralling stories explore revenge through the author’s trademark wit, warmth and characterful storytelling panache."
“A desire for revenge is something that every one of us must have felt at one time or another”, so writes Alexander McCall Smith in his lightly philosophical introduction to The Exquisite Art of Getting Even, going on to explain the personal nature of revenge: “it is an action performed with a view to satisfying the feelings of one who has been wronged. Revenge has nothing to do with ensuring social peace or correcting any balance. It is invoked purely to make the wrong person feel better.”
Within this framework, The Exquisite Art of Getting Even presents four engrossing tales of revenge. Vignettes that uncover the complexities that drive our desire to get even. Stories that lay bare a human instinct that isn’t always the best path to take.
Immediately engaging, and layered with dark humour and truths about human nature, these stories evoke community dynamics and feelings of personal retribution alongside a sense that kindness tends to sprout through the tangled thorns of revenge. It’s a thoroughly entertaining, satisfying collection.