I bought the full set of little books published to celebrate Penguin's sixtieth birthday in 1995, as well as the set for the seventieth birthday ten years later. Before the Penguin 80s appear in 2015 (they're probably planning them as we speak), I should read those older sets!

Martin Amis' two stories form a truly sombre opening to the festival set.The first is 'God's dice', about a Polish survivor of the Second World War who has to deal with the murder of his wife. The second, 'The little puppy that could', is an unusual tale of a dystopian world where love and caring is scarce, yet powerful. Not a natural choice for me, but interesting and evocatively written.

Twee kortverhale van Martin Amis open die reeks klein boekies wat verskyn het toe Penguin hul sestigste bestaansjaar in 1995 gevier het. Somber en ongewoon, veral die tweede, oor 'n dierbare klein hondjie wat sy plek probeer vind tussen mense iewers in 'n apokaliptiese toekoms. Nie my eerste keuse van leesstof nie, maar tog 'n interessante kennismaking met hierdie skrywer.