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The Tenant by Roland Topor
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Dec 13, 11

bookshelves: short-stories
Read in December, 2011

while reading this horror story of a personable young man?/woman? terrorized and De-personalized by his neighbors and slum lord, i couldn't help reflecting on my own neighborhood/neighbors and how through timidity, displeasure of confrontation, and frankly, high-mindedness, i quite often find myself eating my guts out. why? you may ask, would you let your 20 something oh-so-sanctified-daddy's-a-big-banker-in-a-little-shithole-okie-town-punk-ass intimidate you tuck? why indeed? one wants to just get along, no? get some sleep after a hard day at the salt mine. maybe walk the dog, have a coppa with friends, curl up with good book even. but then you find yourself TRAPPED inside your dark "home", tossing, peeking out the window, wondering just what IS THAT fluid on the kitchen floor. sure sure, you could just enjoy their execrably too loud music, their pollution spewing roats, constantly idling by the curb, their screeching drunken voices screaming into the night, and think, hey, being close to the young makes you younger. or you could contemplate you ethos of non-gun toting (hence non-murderousness) and think maybe just ONE shot might take care of it. but then.... but then there would just be a new neighbor, perhaps a retuning vet spending all their hard earned cash on a state uni educ. and the occasional bag-o-meth, and then, there'd have to be a second shot, now wouldn't there? perhaps it'd be easier just to move to the west indies, or shoot, just stay up and smoke crank and screech right along with em, or....jump? alas, in this flat land, it's only 3 feet to the ground. this novel includes illustrations.
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knig its a fascinating read, isn't it?


Tuck yes, i have been mulling what to say about it. the 4 short stories at the end may be the most curious thing about this ("Laying the queen" etc)


message 3: by Magdelanye (new)

Magdelanye not sure that I will have the stomache for this one but I acutely relate to the predicament.

Sounds like we live in the same neighbourhood.


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