love it! Jul 11, 2007
The last story, and the one from which the book takes its name, is in my opinion the best. Who hasn't imagined what they would do with three wishes? Byatt places them in the hands of an aging narratologist, who doesn't end up immeasurably wealthy or exuberantly happy but simple more...fulfilled. Which is how I felt after reading the story. Byatt's prose lulls you into believing her inventions, like djinns, and the masterful research she puts into her work gives each one a different touch...often her stories make me want to research her references!