Perhaps one of the most treasured additions to any book enthusiast's shelf is a collection of short stories by a favorite author. Shorter works can offer a quick break from one's day or allow us to start and finish a entire piece before bedtime. For fans of the prolific author Peter Beagle, his short story and essay collection 'The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche and Other Odd Acquaintances', is a wonderful addition for any home library.
The book opens with a preface by Peter Beagle, centering around his musings of some of the stories he has written. Right after the preface is the first story in the book, 'Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros'. This is one of the collection's stand out pieces about an unusual friendship between a lonely old professor and a rhinoceros. Another notable piece from the short story section is 'Come Lady Death' in which a bored socialite invites Death herself to attend one of her parties in order to liven it up. The second part of the book has a couple of intriguing early stories by Beagle and the collection ends with his Essays. This book is a must-have for any of Beagle's fans but these short stories could also serve as a fabulous introduction to his work.
Title: The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche and Other Odd Acquaintances
Author: Peter Beagle
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Publication Date: September 20003