This week’s discussion will focus on the next four stories in the collection. From this point forward, there may be spoilers.
This is another of Gaiman’s poems, and I was not disappointed. Then again, I am also a fan of nature, despite being allergic to life itself (that’s only a slight exaggeration… pollen, dust, nuts, shellfish, cute fuzzy things, etc.). Reading about other people experiencing nature tends to have a far better outcome than attempting to experience it myself.
This one was my weekly favorite. Sometimes when I read a variety of books at once, they just seem to play into each other. That happened with this one, as I had just finished reading Hurston’s novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” and had read up a bit on her biography. I was delighted to see her influence in this story. I still wonder about the man with the lost wallet. Overall, quite a surreal story strewn with the academic equivalent of pop culture references.
This story is a nightmarish depiction of hell, where time is circular and a man becomes his own torturer. It reminds me of Catholic school as a kid, where “What is hell like?” was a good way of derailing religion class.
Keepsakes and Treasures
I wanted to pick up most of the characters in this story and drop them into the previous one. I’m generally the type of person who could never wish harm upon another human being, but I make exceptions for those who sexually abuse children.
I liked the first two stories this week, but wasn’t a huge fan of the second two. Hopefully I’ll like next week’s stories better.
Sorry my post is a day late; I’ve been busy with grad school work over the past few days. I’ll be stopping by to read everyone else’s thoughts on the stories within the next day or so. See everyone next week for round four!