pp. 39-57 (through “And this made me very upset and worried. Giuseppe”)
January 7, 2021 by A Public Space
“At a certain point in our lives everything we see for the first time is external to us.”
Is being a permanent tourist so intolerable a fate? Perhaps so, though there must be something intolerable in every role for Giuseppe, whose ego is like an oversized, unhatchable egg.
“How could I have protected you when I myself have such a need to be protected?” Giuseppe’s words echo the devastating final line of “Car Crash While Hitchhiking” by Denis Johnson: “And you, you ridiculous people, you expect me to help you.”
“I kissed him on his beard. He is taller than I am and I had to stand on tiptoe.” For a father who has little affection for his son, this paternal kiss, carried on tiptoe, leaves a lasting imprint on a reader’s mind.
pp. 108-130 (through “Let me know if you are still sleeping in the room with the bear-cubs. Lucrezia”)