Bull Fighting by Roddy Doyle Which short story would you give the best rating?
The stories in Doyle's volume Bullfighting were first published independently as short stories in periodicals. The short story in this collection that I would give the highest rating to is "Funerals." In this, one of Doyle's midlife crisis heroes attends a funeral where he encounters--and tries to avoid--people from his past: the girl he had kissed who was a venerable grandmother now; ex-hippie men with ponytails who still embraced the appearance if not the reality of their youths; and the girl of his first kiss, now struggling against failed health.
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A good short story is one in which the characters are well-drawn and the plot is tight. By tight, I mean that everything is there but it still fits into the relatively brief window of a short story. A character in a short story can still be well-developed, because short stories are often a study of a single character.