Wednesday, February 17, 2010
A Wheelie Good Pub
My other piece of great news is the acceptance of my Tallest Stories book. That's the one I worked on for 15 or 16 years. I don't mean that I worked on it solidly for all that time; but that was the time period that had to elapse before it came together properly. The book is a collection of linked tales. The linkages are very intricate; a minor character in one tale may be the narrator of the next, and so on, until the circle (or Möbius strip) is closed. There is one over-arching framing device that contains three smaller framing devices and these smaller frames contain stories that sometimes frame other stories or even other framing devices!
There's a lot of fluid motion in Tallest Stories but there are several constant factors too. The main one is the pub where the tales are told: the Tall Story. Unlike most normal pubs, the Tall Story is capable of external (as well as internal) movement. It can tour the universe easily enough; and indeed at one point it becomes the universe. This photo shows it rolling across a desert landscape at night on special wheels. Unseen inside is a full crew of regular patrons, including Napoleon Bonaparte, the main narrator of the book (who ended up here after escaping from Saint Helena -- a hitherto unknown chapter of his life!)
Unfortunately I have so many books on my reading list that I probably won't be able to tackle Brighton Rock for a few more months; but I am certainly looking forward to it, so thanks for the recommendation!
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