The WEIRD (16)

Real-Time Review continued from HERE.

The WEIRD: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories
Edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
First published in Great Britain 2011 by Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic Books Ltd.


The End of the Garden – Michal Ajvaz

Zoologists reckon that these lizards were able to reach such a length on Komodo due to the fact that on the island they had no natural enemies.”

I am agog: another major discovery for me. Like getting in a clinch with an alephantine Lizard over the pros and cons of Weird Weird versus Weird but here it is the optimum blend of both facets: a radiated meaning and vision and words as mind-clothes via absurdity, mixing Hegel, Kant and a proposed “universal maxim“.  I shall attempt to wring such a maxim from ‘The WEIRD’ before my review ends with page 1111. Remind me if I forget. Meanwhile, this is a lizard in a two way synergy of a physical battle with a woman.  The Narrator as St George? Did they know they have been sculpted in Norway on a plinth?  By empathy perhaps. And that reminds me – like many other stories, this story contains resonances with other stories and with the book’s autonomously growing gestalt. I shall allow empathy or osmosis to work between me and the review-reader rather than keep itemising them.  Here, though, for the record, inter alia:  the ‘feelingnness’ of books with a tellingly remarkable ebook text-vanishment potential. A lesson for us all. Books you think you might have written – or they exist in an alternate world that in itself is more substantial and durable than any new-fangled ebook. A symphony beneath an “evening pond“. The lizard becoming tantamount to the fiddlling busker in the  film ‘Death in Venice’.  And a guiding rope. And more “Which are right – the freaks or the  philosophical principles?

Continued as THE WEIRD (17) HERE.

Index of this whole real-time review HERE.



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