Sunday Book Review – Donkey Boy and Other Stories by Mary Smith

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

Donkey Boy and Other Stories


Today’s book review is about Mary Smith’s – Donkey Boy and Other Stories – a quick paced, short stories read creating a pause for thought after reading each one.


Donkey Boy and Other Stories by [Smith, Mary]

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Shot through with flashes of humour the stories here will entertain, amuse, and make you think. Mary Smith’s debut collection of short stories is a real treat, introducing the reader to a diverse range of characters in a wide range of locations. A donkey boy in Pakistan dreams of buying luxuries for his mother; a mouth artist in rural Scotland longs to leave the circus; a visually impaired man has a problem with his socks; and a woman tries to come to terms with a frightening gift – or curse.


My 5 Star Review:

Smith brings us some short stories set in various parts of the world. In this book of tales such as Donkey Boy and other stories, they all offer some thought provoking dilemmas and situations where the characters find themselves questioning others and themselves.

In Donkey Boy, a young Pakistani boy is denied education in order to help out with the family chores. When he receives a generous tip from tourists one day, he finds an unfamiliar dilemma with having extra money in his pocket and is forced to decide how he will spend the tip.

These stories are all fictional, but include the elements of moral dilemmas and humanity. Smith can still find a way to inject humor in some of these stories despite an inner sadness some of the themes evoke in her stories. A heartfelt read.

26 thoughts on “Sunday Book Review – Donkey Boy and Other Stories by Mary Smith

  1. I like the sound of this book, Debby. It’s good to have stories that stimulate discussion about ethical and moral situations. We can learn a lot from each other in such discussions.


  2. Sounds like an interesting book – especially the different locations, dilemmas and cultural aspects. Perfect for “a story a night”, before falling asleep!


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