Yesterday I posted on a story by Elspeth Davie, "The Choirmaster". I was really amazed by this story, both by the style and the theme. I have now read my second work by her "Change of Face", centering on a man who has a street stand where he draws in crayon portraits for a pound. (About 70 pesos)
The story is so full of meaning and marvel I do not wish to summarize it. It is a strange and deep story about how people see themselves, about a lonely old man whose portrait the artist cannot paint in crayons. It is about chance encounters, the nature of art. It is almost a work of magic.
I have access to one more of her short stories, upon reading it I will probably begin reading her most famous collection of short stories, The Man Who Wanted to Smell Books and other Stories.
Please share your experience with Ms. Davie with us.