Challenged to draw outer-space-themed pictures representing Effervescent, Perspective, and finally The Unknown, a boy manages to come up with a picture you can walk into and vanish. Another boy learns the hard way that you have to trust in something more than magic and not place your faith in wizards. Elsewhere, a newlywed couple’s relationship is delicately examined after the wife buys a giant teddy bear at auction, instead of sensible furniture. The longest section, almost a novella in three segments, is a faux fairy tale featuring a rat-catcher and a dead king. Ishiguro inhabits a good range of distinct voices and there is more emotional subtlety in these deceptively simple stories than first meets the eye.
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator