Day four and the groove is real.
Reading the short stories has become a staple of my morning routine, behind coffee, breakfast, and more coffee, of course.
It’s become so much of a staple that I have to stop myself from opening more than one short story a morning because I am enjoying the relaxation so much!
It could be worse though, I could be eating an entire Advent Calendar… living the dream.
Kings by Hasanthika Sirisena
First Appeared: Denver Quarterly (2004)
Print Length: 21 pages
This short story was kind of too all over the place for me.
The first part introduces the reader to characters D.H. Lawrence, his wife Frieda, and their driver James. It also introduces a magical realism-esk jungle that trying to take over the household.
The second part sees a flashback to Lawrence’s time in England during the onset of World War I. It was during this part that I was able to put together who the character of Lawrence actually was, he is in fact the real life writer behind such works as Sons and Lovers, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and The Woman Who Rode Away and Other Stories. I feel like if you didn’t know who he was the significance of the story would kind of go right over your head.
Then there was a part about Lawrence cutting his hand or something that really disjointed me front the rest of the narrative.
And then the last part. Sirisena reveals that the first part wasn’t actually magical realism and instead the noises in the jungle were due to a perahera, a Buddhist religious festival, being held early due to the Prince of Wales’ visit. The characters go to partake in the festivities, Lawrence decides to break beyond repair his already broken watch and James throws the remains into a lake. Like what? Did I miss some epic symbolism or something? Very, very confused over here.
Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.
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