By Ben Lerner
Within the final 12 months, the narrator of 10:04 has loved not going literary good fortune, has been clinically determined with a in all probability deadly clinical situation, and has been requested by way of his ally to assist her conceive a baby. In a brand new York of more and more widespread superstorms and social unrest, he needs to reckon together with his personal mortality and the possibility of fatherhood in a urban that would quickly be underwater.
A author whose paintings Jonathan Franzen has known as "hilarious . . . cracklingly clever . . . and unique in each sentence," Lerner captures what it's prefer to be alive now, through the twilight of an empire, whilst the trouble of imagining a destiny is altering our courting to either the current and the past.
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The houses of Wall are square and old, built of grey stone, with dark slate roofs and high chimneys; taking advantage of every inch of space on the rock, the houses lean into each other, are built one upon the next, with here and there a bush or tree growing out of the side of a building. There is one road from Wall, a winding track rising sharply up from the forest, where it is lined with rocks and small stones. Followed far enough south, out of the forest, the track becomes a real road, paved with asphalt; followed further the road gets larger, is packed at all hours with cars and trucks rushing from city to city.
Reaching the stall from which the sound was emanating, he saw that it was deserted. It was festooned with flowers: bluebells and foxgloves and harebells and daffodils, but also with violets and lilies, with tiny crimson dog-roses, pale snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots and a profusion of other flowers Dunstan could not name. Each flower was made of glass or crystal, spun or carved, he could not tell: they counterfeited life perfectly. And they chimed and jingled like distant glass bells. ” called Dunstan.
He put the list on a spike. ” There was a gust of wind, then, so strong that it rattled the windows of the village, and whirled and spun the weathercocks until they could not tell north from west or south from east. The fire that was burning in the grate of Monday and Brown’s belched and twisted in a flurry of greens and scarlets, topped with a fizz of silver twinkles, of the kind one can make for oneself at the parlor fire with a handful of tossed iron filings. The wind blew from Faerie and the East, and Tristran Thorn suddenly found inside himself a certain amount of courage he had not suspected that he had possessed.
10:04 by Ben Lerner