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Work is often a four letter word

I have just visited the Short Story Guide website (http://www.shortstoryguide.com) which collects and collates short stories freely accessible on the web. One category is ‘Short Stories about Work’. About a dozen tales from canonical authors are listed there. The brief plot summaries suggest that most of them are about characters who undertake manual or clerical work and find harshness and disappointment there. There is little focus on the nature of the work itself. There does not seem to be anything about the rewards and disappointments of professional or creative working life. It is stories of these (perhaps) richer lives that might provide rewarding themes embedded in working practice and relationships.

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