Short Story Review: “Soft on the Inside” by Noo Saro-Wiwa

1 of 5 stars.

One of the great philosophical debates surrounds the nature of a soul and its relationship to the body. Then, the question lingers as to whether whatever is true, is true for animals as well as humans.

This tale starts to embark on the latter of these discussions before veering off into the plot of what could be an ill-thought out kids’ movie. Inexplicably, the taxidermied animals of a shop come to life for twelve hours and know they have only twelve hours. They decide that the dog and a couple squirrels will embark on an adventure to get revenge on their taxidermist. The caper skirts over the neighborhoods of London and the multiple public transportation vehicles used to get there. . .

Animals talking and thinking and snarking like humans sometimes works, especially in children’s stories and allegories. This is neither.

This tale appears in the anthology An Unreliable Guide to London by Influx Press, London. I received my copy of this anthology directly from one of the contributing authors through
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