- File Size: 165 KB
- Print Length: 28 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: SQ Publishing (January 18, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 18, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HZNZJRY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,550,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
City Solipsism: A Short Story Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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I lived in Japan for 2 ½ years and during that time I spent a LOT of time on the train. In addition to being the easiest way to get from point A to point B in a major metropolitan area, it is also an easy way to learn the language, and just generally watch people and get a feel for the culture around you. Often times I would find myself amused or puzzled by people on the train, whether it be because of their interaction (or lack thereof) with other people, or simply by the interesting things they might be wearing or reading, you can learn a lot about people when you share a train car with them for any length of time.
I can imagine it is only more so as a single person. I wouldn’t know, I’ve been married for nearly half of my life so my thoughts on the train have never crossed over into those of a sexual or nature, but I have seen those who have had those thoughts around me. It’s easy to wonder about someone’s life story; where they work, or if they are single or attached. Single people taking the train could have different motives than married or attached people; it is something I never really had thought of until I read this short story. Zack (Sorry, normally I’m far more formal but I just feel funny referring to him as Mr. Love…queue the porn music!) did an excellent job of getting inside the narrators head. All of his life experiences had an influence on how he saw this woman and the story he fabricated in his head of whom she might be.
Zack is an excellent writer. I was immediately sucked into this story and before I had reached the end, I engaged my husband in a conversation about it because it really was very thought provoking. My training is in anthropology so I am an observer by nature; perhaps that is why I found this so intriguing. The piece was well written, captivating, and I loved it. Until the end.
It seemed like such a cop out of an ending! It really felt like maybe he just got tired of writing, it seemed like such an easy way out. I wanted more, Zack. Why did you have to end it like that? Now I’m left wondering how on earth I should rate it, because it was five stars, right up until that last page and then you pulled the rug out from under me. So, I am going to go with four stars. Or maybe I should drop a bombshell right at the. Very. End.
Such is the case with the protagonist in this short story by Zack Love. The protagonist is a normal man in a suit and tie who finds himself intrigued by a woman sharing the platform on the train station and then the metal bar in the train with him. He reminisces the carefree days of his youth where he would'nt have thought twice before approaching this beautiful stranger and acquainting himself with her. But over the time, he has become timid. He is afraid to talk to her. He is conflicted but still unable to keep himself from getting more and more intrigued and attracted by her.
Who is she?
Where is she from?
What is her name?
Does she travel by this train often?
If so, then why hasn't he seen her before because he travels to his office by the same train everyday?
All these and more questions swim in his mind and finally he decides to talk to her. But what happens when he talks to her?
Is she flattered?
Is she offended?
Do they become more close?
Zack Love gives a psychological and philosophical look to the everyday local train traveller who meets so many people each day. Some he rarely notices, even though they travel by the same train everyday but there are some who catch the eye of every person around even at first glance.
A quickie, I was entertained by this book. Although at some point I felt like the author was just rambling but still the book kept me hooked and when the end came I was jolted! Yes, definitely jolted. :)
The end packs a punch and because of that I give City Solipsism a 3.5 out of 5. A fresh and very innovative look at the daily travellers and the boring executives in a suit and a tie make this story an interesting read.
This review is also available on the blog Njkinny's World of Books..