Left Legacies and the Counter Culture of Remembrance Richard A.
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Koestenbaum notes: “Lily Hoang prompts us to rethink what literature today can aspire to.” And Maggie Nelson adds: “Rarely have I come across tenderness, venom, and fire held so intimately, so exquisitely, as in Lily Hoang’s A Bestiary….
Yet, mad am I not--and very surely do I not dream.
The trip is nicely drawn, and very necessary for later character development, but the novel really starts to come into its own when the group returns home to find their homes abandoned, their dogs and stock dead, all the people, all the adults gone. With no one to turn to they start to panic, to rush this way and that as they try to discover what is going on. Then, as they start to work out what has happened, to try and deny it.
The Return of the Civil War Soldiers - Michael Brett
Appropriately, the narrator calls his cat, Pluto, who in Greek and Roman mythology was the god of the dead and the ruler of the underworld (symbolism).
Fiancé in Afghanistan - Abi Townsend
- A long, thought-provoking and cool examination of the nature and outmoded use of warfare in the 21st century by a veteran of the Vietnam War. Curtis D. Bennett was the first contributor of war poetry to this website and has contributed many outstanding poems over the years, first about the Vietnam War and then about Iraq and other conflicts. See, for example, the page and the page.
He alone fed him, and Pluto followed the narrator wherever he went.
The reader also discovers (with the introduction of Pluto into the story) that the narrator is superstitious, as he recounts that his wife made "...frequent allusion to the ancient popular notion, [that] all black cats [are] witches in disguise." Even though the narrator denies this (much as the narrator in denies that he or she is insane), the reader becomes increasingly aware of his superstitious belief as the story progresses.