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Fives and Twenty-Fives Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre
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“Always I am speaking English on behalf of fools”
Michael Pitre, Fives and Twenty-Fives
“It’s about pressing palms, bro. Getting the funds under management. Money into the market. After that, the shit’s on autopilot.”
Michael Pitre, Fives and Twenty-Fives
“A flood of nostalgia swallowed me up as his taillights passed out of sight, and I realized with a start that my last true moments as a Marine had slipped away. I was alone, quite suddenly, with just the stories. The truth had driven off with Cobb. Inside”
Michael Pitre, Fives and Twenty-Fives
“I think of Baghdad years ago, when I met Professor Al-Rawi for the first time to discuss The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, his favorite book by his favorite American.
He awarded me the task of reading it in the off-term, when the other students of English relaxed at home. Each day, I went to his office on the Karada campus and he explained to me things which I could not have possibly understood then.
Truly, I did not comprehend a single thing at first. How Mark Twain wrote. How these Americans spoke, so ignorant and rough. Why Americans today thought of this story of terribly behaved children as high art.
"Kateb, you must understand the context," Professor Al-Rawi said. "What the American reader knew then, what Americans today do not remember, and what you certainly cannot understand. These were not just boys making silly plans in caves. These were boys growing up just in time for their war. Sitting there, making plans to start this robber's gang, this was quite humorous to Americans reading the book in the nineteenth century."
"But not Americans of today?"
He lit a cigarette. "Humorous, yes. But for other reasons. You see, Americans today...forget. Ten years after these boys met to scheme in caves, their civil war fell upon them. These boys, these Missouri boys, they would have cut each other's throats in that war. And the sides they would pick? This was determined in their youth, you see."
We were silent for a moment as I considered this.
"Have you thought about Huck Finn cutting Tom Sawyer's throat?" he asked.
"No."
"You should, Kateb. You should think about that." Then he smiled, like he knew all along what would come for us.”
Michael Pitre, Fives and Twenty-Fives
“No, I mean who killed him?” “Some guys in masks,” Hani scoffed. “What kind of question is that?” He waved his hand in the air. Sadrists. Al Qaeda. Washed-up Baathists. The masked fog. Men with guns. It made no difference.”
Michael Pitre, Fives and Twenty-Fives