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Painstaking narration of life inside the well a kind of pagan Stations of the Cross Wolves Smelling Man The Arrival of the Sea First Worm or The Bird of Virtuous Death were acclaimed works and only just missed forming part of The Well Space s permanent collectionThe novel would withstand many interpretations it could be about growing up and rebellion against parental authority the plight of the artist human ndurance under The God-Damned Nigga extreme suffering climate change and part of its strength is that the reader can choose amongst them and reach his or her own interpretationBut that said the twopigraphs from Bertolt Brecht I came to the cities in a time of disorderWhen hunger ruledI came amongst men in a time of uprisingAnd I revolted with them from To Posterityand Margaret s Thatcher s infamous uote that under capitalism poor people are not poor because others are rich if others became less rich the poor would in all probability become still poorerrather point in one particular political directionInterestingly in that regard the relationship between Big and Small could be said to vindicate Mrs the relationship between Big and Small could be said to vindicate Mrs s view For The Snow-walkers Son (The Snow Walker, example we re told that the distribution of food is totally uneual as Big decrees that he mustat 80% of all they can scavenge leaving Small on starvation rations But as the novel progresses we realise there is method in this rule and it is actually to Small s ultimate benefitAgainst that the whole novel appears to be one long rage against injustice with conomic injustice being one obvious target and which better fits the Brecht uote Significantly in one of his dreams Small imagines a conversation with BigSmall can t remember life outside the well but Big is older than him and remembers They needed space up there he answers whenever Small asks why they live in such a rotten place Are there many of them up there No very few of them So above is small "NO IT S VERY BIG I "It s very big I t understand Up there is where they hold the power Once we are up there we ll throw a party A party Yes The kind with balloons and lights and cakes No The kind with rocks torches and gallows There is one rather interesting almost Oulipan twist to the novel The chapters are numbered as the primes from 1 to 100 2 3 5 7 97 and a close inspection reveals that ach also corresponds to the number of days they have spent in the wellIn addition during one feverish Is Anybody Up? episode Small announced thatvery number could correspond to a word and that one day he would be capable of The Doorstep Girls expressing himself only through numbers and later and having had to be resuscitated by Bigbefore he loses consciousness as if remembering an ancient grammar he whispers Forty three Forty one Seventy one Twenty three Thirteen Twenty nine Eleven Eighty three Two Sixty seven I have to admit the significance of that passed me by but hat tip to Tonymessview spoilerlooking up the xth word of the xth chapter from this sentence reveals the hidden messageRescue him from the well in anger back to lifea line that is also printed on the back cover of the novel and would appear to be the promise that Big reuires Small to make at the start of their ordeal and which he often reminds him of You made me a promise hide spoiler Wow I loved this It reminded me A LOT of Brothers by David Clerson I think it s safe to say if you liked one you llnjoy the other So many comparisons to be made and parallels to be drawn I don t have much to say about this book Praying with Mother Teresa except for please read it It s short it s beautifully written and if read carefully many things can be taken from this book Note This review is in English and in Dutch Nederlandse lezers scroll omlaag voor de Nederlandse recensie Good things come in small packages or in this case thin books can tell impressive stories That this book surprised me is an understatement the story stayed on my mind for several days and during that time I reread the book a couple of times to get a better grasp of its message I m still undecided but that s immediately one of the strongest points of this book it s open to multiple interpretations and you as the reader can decide for yourself which is the real oneBut I m going too fast The Boy who Stole Attila s Horse is at its very foundation the tale of two brothers Big and Small who are trapped in a well We don t get to know their real names or how they got in the well and why because the book s title is not the answer to that uestion The boys whom I picture are around 11 and 7 years old both soon realize that the situation is hopeless and try to deal with it in their own way Big keeps thinking of anscape plan and xercises to keep himself str. Ce of rescue Only the tempting spectre of insanity offers a way out As Small's wits fail Big formulates a desperate planWith the authority of the darkest fables and. ,
BRUTAL almost disturbing than the pervasive darkness of this book are the small glimpses of lucidity that appear apparently at random like the clouds opening for a
MOMENT TO LET A HOT BURNINGto let a hot burning of sunlight through and then closing again forever Now I am no mathematical genius far from it so when Laszlo Krasznahorkai used the Fibonacci seuence to number his chapters in SeiboThere Below I had no idea as to the allegorical reference to his work Now I ve come across a seuence of prime numbers numbers than can only be divided by themselves and 1 to number the chapters in Iv n Replica s The Boy Who Stole Attila s Horse NULL 2 3 5 7 11 13 17 19 23 tc up to our final chapter numbered 97 This reference could simply mean a seuence that goes onto infinity with no answerOne of the latest beautifully presented offerings from Pushkin Press The Boy Who Stole Attila s Horse is a very short work but not a work without depth With Vox - Edizione Italiana epigraphs from Margaret Thatcher and Bertolt Brecht to warm our palettes we know we re in for an interesting journeyIn a system of free trade and free markets poor countries and poor people are not poor because others are rich Indeed if others become less rich the poor would in all probability become still poorer Margaret ThatcherIn a nutshell our story follows the journey of Big and Small two brothers trapped in a well A bleak fairy tale with pointers all over the place to allegorical readingFor my full review go to A highly allegorical but at the same time viscerally disturbing novel by Iv n Repila translated into English by Sophie Hughes and one that should have made the 2016 Man Booker International longlistIt tells the story of two boys Big and Small trapped in a well Repila balances beautifully the tension between black humour and shockingly brutal description between allegory and realism between narration of actualvents and the brothers increasing "extreme hunger induced hallucinations and between brotherly affection and hatred Despite its mere 110 pages he manages to include all of "hunger induced hallucinations and between brotherly affection and hatred Despite its mere 110 pages he manages to include all of Hughes s translation renders the novel into English beautifully and she also deals well with one particular oulipan type challenge see belowThe novel doesn t shy away from the brutal reality of life in a well ating insects and drinking the moisture from the soil Small is maciated and ashen with the ribs of a starved greyhound his fingers blue Small is Betrayal: Infidelity, Book 1 emaciated and ashen with the ribs of a starved greyhound his fingers blue his forehead blazing sick from the cold and the phlegma cut of barely breathing meat settled in fitful sleep from whichvery now and again he wakes up in paroxysms of rage or of weeping and shouts garbled phrases and he goes downhill from thereWhile we see almost nothing of the world outside other than in the brothers fantasies there is one revealing passageThe land seems to be governed by a mechanism of suffering that works against The Prisoner in the Castle: Maggie Hope Mystery Series, Book 8 every one of nature s decrees As such the people here are tough in skin and character and they meet thexigencies of the land with unbending patience without demands or complaint This however presupposes a rupture in their Saphyre Snow emotional communication in their shows of affection and in the human contract of cohabitation The brothers are living proof of it They no longer look one another in theyes or search for themselves in the other as they did in the arly days Displays of affection aren t called for in a world dictated by the need to survive Love is like a vow of silence where cruelties befitting a reptile a prehistoric crocodile are meted out freelyIncreasingly Small starts to lose his sanity but to gives us glimpses of the wider picture via his dreams and fantasies One gives rise to the novel s titleYou should know brother that I am the boy who stole Attila s horse to make shoes out of his hooves and in that way nsure that wherever I set foot the grass would no longer grow The vilest of men fear me as they fear the scourge of their gods because I dried out their land and their seed in my vast wanderings across the worldI placed the shoes in a golden box which I placed in a silver box which I placed in a bronze box and I buried them in a well in the forest that is half a day s distance from my old house and in there I left two of my children so that nobody could Higher Education ever take them awayBlack humour comes in wheng Small decides to become the cultural director for the two of them in the well developing music osteo vegetable music which is what comes from hitting certain bones with dried roots and finger paintings in the mud had it been possible to preserve very one of them and arrange them chronologically an astute observer would have picked up on his. 'It looks impossible to get out' he says And also 'But we'll get out'Two brothers Big and Small are trapped at the bottom of a well They have no food and little chan. Ong but Small uickly falls prey to fever and descends into madness Soon he starts holding lengthy orations about the human race the fine taste of worms or the outside world As the clocks ticks and the amount of water and insects shrinks tensions inside the well grow Will Big succeedRepila s writing style is unlike anything I have read before His prose is precise beautiful and detached He balances harsh words that tell us xactly how famine and the heat affect the brother s relationship and their sanity with humoristic descriptions of the brother s attempts to keep themselves healthy The narrative often
CHANGES FROM THE BOYS IN THE WELL TO THEfrom the boys in the well to the living in the outside world who in some way suffer in the same way as the boys This makes the story read like a dark fairy tale where allegories and realism tell a story about survival sibling rivalry and how rage can keep you alive The first time I read the book I didn t pay much attention to the allegories which are most present in Small s ramblings The suffering of the brothers and Big s Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle escape plan for Small were heart breaking and powerfulnough for that I already give the book three starsHowever it wasn t until another reviewer pointed it out to me that I noticed the two political The Day You Begin economical uotes from Bertolt Brecht and Margaret Thatcher that are printed at the beginning of this novel Thatcher s uote drew my attention She tells us that under capitalism poor people are not poor because others are rich if others became less rich the poor would in all probability still become poorerThose uotes shone a whole new light on the novel which immediately made me reread it with a open mind and now I discovered the multiple layers hidden in Repila s book Forxample this conversation between the brothers about li This book disturbed me far than I thought it would The plot in itself is not "a happy one two children brothers named Big and Small are down a well Why are they "happy one two children brothers named Big and Small are down a well Why are they Who did this What happened These are uestions that the author gives hints at but isn t the meat of the fable The narrative is moved forward by their increasing desperation to survive and the pitiful acts they must commit Everything is Led Zeppelin IV exaggerated and described in minute detail full of metaphors and literal descriptions of pain suffering anguish and the human will to survive at all odds Reading it was difficult for me as the author deliberately throws the worst at them torturing them with words in order to make his point That the point ultimately is one of hope that we can survive that we canndure that life can be hard but worth fighting for made it a little Abaddons Gate (The Expanse, easier to deal with but at several points I almost put it down forever so unpleasant was I finding itIt s such a simple tale about the core of humanity that is withinvery single one of us that it really is rendered timeless and I think will resonate with anyone who reads it A masterful use of language to strip humanity bare and a fable that could be applied to many things The American Salvage epigraph from Magaret Thatcher surprised me whilst reading I had not considered that the books statement was a political one but I can certainly see that interpretation In all honesty not a book Injoyed reading or would read again The stars I ve given it are for it s intelligence language and impact for I took no pleasure from reading this title A short allegorical novel which could be described as magical realist or as a modern fable Clear precise language and intense vivid descriptions with very spare and compelling language On first reading one breezes through the book in a very short time ideas of revolution rebellion independence creativity social ineuality oppression and freedom are clear but the text begs to be reread to Me and the Blondes (The Blondes, explore and refine one s first impressions The significance of thepigraphs from Margaret Thatcher and Berthold Brecht stayed with me through my reading and one wonders how it would affect one s interpretation if those were not included Read in FrenchSo I like me some weird crap from time to time and well I got what I asked for with this Really short read tooThe story Two brothers have fallen at the bottom of a well The ldest might be rough on his little brother but he s determined to get the little boy out of here The youngest one uite fragile slowly takes the path of madness as the days pass and no one comes to rescue themThis is not some classical narration More of a piece of morbid poetry in prose and an ssay on madnessThis was honestly uite interesting and original but I wouldn t recommend it if you re not into strange storytelling or creepygruesome stuf. The horrifying inevitability of all too real life Repila's uniue allegory xplores the depths of human desperation and ultimately our almost unending capacity for ho.