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Jesse Mazejka
10/10 Discussion
Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:57pm
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So far, my favorite story has to be "On For The Long Haul". The main character Bayard has an evident paranoid side to his personality that causes him, along with his wife and kids, to move to Montana. Why is he paranoid? Because he believes that the Russians will nuke everything along the borders of the U.S., and given that the setting takes place during the Cold War, this behavior isn't as strange as it would be today. However, it's the sense of irony in the fact that Bayard's paranoia led to his own demise that I truly get a kick out of. I mean, for nearly the whole story you're just thinking that Bayard is trying to get to a safer place and that maybe he will succeed in doing so. But then Boyle decides to drop a bomb on Bayard's parade by introducing Cullum, a cold-blooded antagonist who is truly "on for the long haul" and who brings to the story a sudden turn of events. When the story came to an abrupt end, the reader could infer that Cullum would kill Bayard and his family. I enjoy how this cliffhanger makes sense while also tying into the title of the story. That and the overall irony are what thoroughly enticed me as a reader.
The story I hate the most is probably "Carnal Knowledge". The main character is just a thirty year old bachelor who has sex with a random girl on the beach after her dog just took a piss on him. Also, he releases turkey after turkey in an illegal fashion because he fell in love with this girl that he has barely known for a week or so. Overall, it's just ridiculous. And in the end the girl turns out to be someone different, which was totally predictable because she was batshit crazy over animals, even though when she "saves" the turkeys they all end up dying anyway. I still continue to ask myself what the point of this story was, other than the fact that the author is trying to say that the girl is just a slab of meat, or something like that.
"Modern Love" has got to be one of the most unusual stories that we have read so far. Full-body condoms(swedish full-body condoms, mind you), a hobby for learning about different diseases, and an uncertain gesture of feelings all lead up to the personality of a woman named Breda. The main character who falls in love with Breda ends up royally crushed by her. Huh, a love story gone awry? That's definitely never happened before! However, what really makes this story unique is the odd way that the main characters act in a relationship. They take everything slow, which is what modern love supposedly consists of. But then, once everything comes down to it, there's really no explanation as to why Breda broke it off. One could infer that she's just afraid of germs and that's enough reason alone, but then why would she kiss him, have sex with him, and do all of these other things if ultimately, they all meant nothing to her? Is she a tick herself that brings a disease to her lovers, sucking off the blood of her prey until they're shriveled up and she's had her fill, or is she just different, perhaps, mentally? There's really no telling, and it's because of this uncertainty that really brought this story to my attention.
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  • 10/10 Discussion - Jesse Mazejka, Fri Oct 10 12:50pm
    So far, my favorite story has to be "On For The Long Haul". The main character Bayard has an evident paranoid side to his personality that causes him, along with his wife and kids, to move to... more
    • 10/10 Discussion - Jesse Mazejka, Fri Oct 10 12:57pm
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