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Gwangju Writes 43 But instead of getting what he wants, he receives another letter. The twist is that this is a copy of a letter he had written many years before. Yes, he was young and jealous Bathroom at the time, but there was no escaping the fact that the letter was ugly. He did not feel that he was now the same Window person who wrote that letter. “But perhaps this was simply further self-deception.” His “younger self had By Stephen Kagarise come back to shock him.” He was feeling, “self-pity and self-hatred.” The past had come back and would not let him go peacefully. He began to believe that life is meant to wear us down, proving “that life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” Tony meets a group of people, and even though he was taken to them, he has no idea as to why he was meeting them. But something drew him back to the place over and over again. Sometimes he would see them and other times he would not. But the mystery of why he could Metallic rain CULTURE & ARTS not simply be given what was his somehow involved this group. And this determination to acquire his rightful batters against the flat rooftops property “had morphed into something much larger.” threading down through Then what was bound to occur happened. It was not villa gaps, spiked crosswise a scientific or religious breakthrough, yet still, it was machine gun-like an epiphany. The past looked him straight in the face. Although the story is not quite done yet, only revealing by gas exhaust vents. the last surprise on the third to last page. The book, like many philosophical adventures perhaps, Grim Sunday, beginning fair – poses more questions than it answers. But it is an easy buoyant clouds set in blue read imbedded with humor and interesting turns of phrase. I am all for honesty when examining one’s life, relief, a day of sun, till no sun but Tony seems to engage in self-flagellation. Although, could be seen, behind as the famous dictum attributed to Socrates says, “the unexamined life is not worth living,” so I enjoyed the the thickening matte of gray. challenge that Julian Barnes has presented. www.gwangjunewsgic.com The Reviewer The sky’s outburst Michael Attard is a Canadian who has lived in stops, as quickly as begun Gwangju since 2004. Though officially retired, he still teaches a few private English classes. He but still the world darkens enjoys reading all kinds of books and writes for as the sun, defeated fun. When the weather is nice, you may find him on a hiking trail. lets the day end without it. F The Author Stephen Kagarise has been busy the past ebruar two years hiking and biking around Korea. But when he can’t get outside, he y 20 occasionally glances out the window at the mountains and sky, thanks to a clutch 2 gap between the neighboring villas. 2 202202.indd 43202202.indd 43 2022-01-24  1:25:352022-01-24  1:25:35

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