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destiny is a matter of inches

2013-10-31 - 9:08 a.m.

I just read The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez. It's hard to describe but it's really fantastic. It's about a bystander who survives a driveby shooting in Bogotá in the 1990s. He is driven to remember his story and write it down after a hippo from Pablo Escobar's old abandoned zoo is finally (in 2009!) found and shot dead with a double-tap, one bullet to the head, one to the heart. The narrator has seen this hippo, or its mate, or its child -- dude freely admits he's no hippo expert -- years before, and the memories come pouring back to make this story: "...this story, as they warn in fairy tales, has happened before and will happen again. That I'm the one who ended up telling it is almost beside the point."

The story of the bystander seems like it must be the most common one and yet it is rarely told. Perhaps because the bystanders are so frequently overwhelmed by the blank feeling and the lack of information about what's behind what really happened, making it difficult for the writer to pound out a plot. Instead of a mystery or a problem being solved, the mystery is always there to the end...and creating an atmosphere of the truly mysterious is a most difficult job...but Vásquez did an amazing job. I think most lives are a mystery really.

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