���� JFIF �� C ! Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. 4 0 obj �� � w !1AQaq"2�B���� #3R�br� ( Log Out / Change ). Other than Tilly dividing the yard, I don’t see a lot of binaries in the story. << Best of the Year: Time Magazine, Salon, Village Voice, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times. 2/52 — “Stone Animals” by Kelly Link Kelly Link is one of those writers who I'd been aware of for a long time, yet for whatever reason, I hadn't read. On the balance, though, Kelly Link's work is an amazing hybrid of character-driven fiction and surreal fantasy, told with a darkly comic edge. �.��&�cAvE
���R��S�N���c?��&d��^�+3��N�֑q�n���ψ*L��?q�=��. stream “Nobody ever remembered her name,” we’re told, “which is why she had to wear too-tight skirts.” Later, we learn that she wants to take a striking pseudonym when and if her book is published. Even a minor character like the real estate agent is caught in this struggle. Henry’s work is alluded to but never directly shown, and their problems don’t end when he’s at home (arguably they intensify). She marks out the yard as a way of ordering him around, and when he eventually has the temerity to violate her rules she is so disturbed she decides he too is haunted. Eric Waggoner. /SMask /None>> Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The house is haunted, but just like the zombies in “The Hortlak”, the word turns out to mean something different from what the reader would expect. But she’s actively working around the problem regardless. “Stone Animals” is also the more serious story, although it is also funny at times. TrackBack URI, Pingback by Magic For Beginners by Kelly Link « Yet There Are Statues— March 31, 2010 #, […] images, the rabbits and the various rabbit imagery seems out-of-place in the story itself. << /Length 5 0 R /Filter /FlateDecode >> The Primo VE catalog offers the ability to search a wide variety of scholarly resources including books, e-journals, and other digital and print content from your library and all 89 I-Share libraries in Illinois. But perhaps the biggest difference between the two stories is the reaction of the characters to their predicament. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. It’s very good. << Robert Hauhart and Jeff Birkenstein. << I think a more useful approach to the story is to look at the struggles for control. He’s the least willing to just accept that an object is haunted. Magic for Beginners will win you over. This is, perhaps, not quite so immediately relevant for the reader as the more typical alienation stories, but it sure is creepy. /Type /ExtGState A game adaptation of Kelly Link’s “Stone Animals” THE STORY Henry and Catherine and their two children Tilly and Carleton have just moved into a large new home in the country after wanting to get away from the city. [/Pattern /DeviceRGB] Catherine is not actually shown but is presumably still eating dinner with her friends and thus is not taking part in the dislocation. In his interesting 2004 review of the story, Matthew Chaney speaks of the story as “full of binaries, a world falling apart for lack of gray areas.” I don’t think this is quite right. /Subtype /Image Connections and Influence in the Russian and American Short Story ed. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. But not long after their arrival, they begin to notice many strange things and occurrences, like the rabbits. RSS feed for comments on this post. This interpretation is strengthened, I think, by the way the story ends.
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