Mini Review #5 There Like Nothing Is Ever There

18830_398103110263870_1818353023_nMini Review #5
Magazine: Pank
Issue: Online 8.05/May 2013
Title: There Like Nothing Is Ever There

“A man wants to ask his father, how much time is enough? How much is enough? Who was it asked that? Albert Camus? Maybe it was George Michael. At any rate, it was prescient and deep.”

      The thing that hit me first when reading this story is the comedic callousness of the son toward his father. It is both funny and offensive. We see the aging father through the son, and the son is bitter and mocking. It is as if the years his father continues to live are being stolen from his own life. It is easy to see the exasperation that the son feels from dealing with his father’s fragmented mind. The son calls his father’s memory a mosaic- “his fictions”- but what resonates in this story is the ultimate beauty of the messy intersections of history and his father’s memories. Although the father calls memory “a terrible cargo”, the son comes to understand that these memories, however fragmented or flawed, are still artifacts of his father’s life. Who knows the truth from the lies? The story is told from the son’s perspective— a kind of filter, just like memory. What better defines the individual, their perspective or their memories?

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