Finnish Short Stories
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- Paperback : 238 pages
- ISBN-10 : 094101682X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0941016827
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.62 x 9 inches
- Item Weight : 13 ounces
- Publisher : Penfield Press (February 18, 1991)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #916,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The new neighbor to the east, a retired building contractor from Orlando bought the four vacant wooded lots on both corners, so he could be near his daughter and grand-kids. They lived only a few blocks away. He bull-dozed down the trees, brought in semi-truck driven trailer loads of sod-grass and before long had an instantly lush and green-growing lawn on the south half. On the north side, he had forty or fifty dump-truck loads of fill-dirt dropped, mostly ground coral and pulverized mineral rock, which he compacted and allowed to settle over several months time, creating an artificial plateau, so that the new CBS, brick, and mortar maintenance-free house he built soon afterwards would be high and dry with a solid foundation in the rainy season, overlooking the new swimming pool he'd also designed and built. To top off all the construction, he created a secure privacy wall, which separated his "estate" from Royce's as yet undeveloped parcel.
These drastic environmental changes prompted Royce to spring into action mode. He planted rose bushes everywhere that pleased him, in every nook and cranny. But the real reason that Royce was so tickled was because he'd filled the "moon crater," caused by the removal of a knocked over pine tree, giant root-ball and all, which had grown big and tall on the boundary and been in the neighbor's path of demolition and destruction, with fresh, rich, deep top-soil, and into which he had planted a hardy variety of disease-resistant hybrid rose bushes. Among them grew the tallest, fullest, most exotic leafy-green foliage that produced the largest, most exquisitely beautiful neon pink roses he'd ever seen anywhere up to that turning point in his life.
It also didn't hurt that his property value soared and sky-rocketed by the practically overnight improvements to the neighborhood. The 82 acre fields to the south had sold to a developer and a gated community of expensive upscale homes was under new construction.
Just as much as he loves rose gardening, Royce enjoys ocean fishing. Once, he tried his luck fishing for the ever-elusive snook off the docks in Fort Pierce, near where he'd seen other fishermen catch pan-size fish for dinner, using a simple low-tech rod and reel in the shallow areas. He cast his fishing line was out into the deep water that evening. Lo and behold a mighty big fish struck the bait and made off in a flash, swimming away at what must have been ninety mile an hour plus speeds. He took great pleasure playing that sporting game-fish, probably the biggest one he'd ever attempted to reel in. He must have wrestled with that fish for a good twenty or thirty minutes. He had the monster of the deep nearly landed, when the line suddenly went slack. He knew in a second what must have happened: either the high-test line had snapped in two or razor-sharp teeth bit through the metal leader line. He reeled the line in anyway and discovered what had actually transpired. Tremendous tension in the line had completely unbent the normally gracefully curved heavy-duty hook, until it was perfectly straight, shearing off the barb in the process. It looked exactly like an ordinary carpenter's finishing nail on the end of a fishing line. As a result, the powerful fish had simply slipped off the end of the hook and nonchalantly swam away.
Royce reported to work bright and early on Monday morning. He was helping a group of heavy-equipment operators with a new bridge under construction. On the previous Friday, the site supervisor had left specific instructions for the crew to lift up one last long section of prestressed concrete to top off two completed concrete columns.
"I told you guys to lift that bridge span, before you knocked-off early for the week-end," he said, pointing to the concrete span on the ground at his feet.
"I thought we did," said the crew's straw boss, perplexed, shaking his head and smiling weakly. "The hurricane that went through here over the weekend and devastated the area, must have blown it back down to the ground."
Finnish Short Stories, translated by Inkeri Vaananen-Jensen with K. Borje Vahamaki, published in 1982 are some of the best early contemporary Scandinavian, uniquely fictional stories I have ever read in the English language, not that I have read that many. However, I did find them quite interesting, even inspirational in places, totally original, and delightfully provocative--if not the most current and up-to-date regarding subject matter, having been written in the years between 1859 and 1973. In any event, stories about global warming, Russian aggression, commercialized media such as popular music, the internet, and space travel have been omitted. The 32 stories included in this collection are about warm, loving, caring people who have lived in a cold, harsh climate, under adverse, sometimes severe conditions. Included are the following stories and topics:
1. "Eriika." Highly spiritual in nature. She becomes one with the universe.
2. "The Nurse Maid," "drops the ball" on the job and is quickly, unceremoniously terminated from employment. She seeks gainful employment elsewhere.
3. "The Watch" is about a fellow who saves up for a new time-piece, which quickly becomes his pride and joy toy. It just goes to show you that if you throw enough money at a problem, it goes away.
4. "A Summer Dream" is about "puppy love." The fellow grows up, moves away, and returns. He reminisces about his first true love in life.
5. "Liars?" is about two teenage fashion models. Art mirrors reality.
6. "The Bishop's Pointer" tells of elementary school-age pupils who learn early in life to read the writing on the wall. You expect a school-yard brawl to break-out any minute.
7. "The Gentleman and the Boor" is a fable about social justice and the state of nature in an inherently unjust society. It could just as well have been about a wise and benevolent oligarch and a strong, hardworking serf, who lifts himself up "by his bootstraps." They plant a garden.
8. "First Love." He falls in love with a circus performer in town for the week-end. A practical, practicing contortionist and lion-tamer might have had him temporarily jumping through fiery hoops, but would never take him on seriously as an apprentice trapeze artist.
9. "The Hired Girl" has no misgivings about true love. Do you ever get the distinct impression that time is running out and life is passing you by? She doesn't feel very good about it.
10. "Love" is an iron-clad prenuptial agreement which forms the basis of a more perfect union. What happens when a lawyer is the best man.
11. "When You Have Feelings" is about a well-rounded, pragmatic girl who does not defy convention or public opinion. She readily finds her place in society and the becomes an integral part of the community.
12. "Death" tells of a faithful wife who's lived a hard life, but accepts her lot in the end. You get the impression that "parting is such sweet sorrow."
13. "The Girl in the Rose Arbor or the Dying Sister." She is not the fortunate one. Unloved and unwanted. Maybe not. Life goes on without her, or does it? You become more sympathetic to the plight of others.
14. "Food for the Winter." A loving, hard-working couple ensure their survival through the winter. They feel warm and secure in their home with the knowledge that they might not starve or freeze to death anytime soon.
15. "Building a Bridge." A group of skilled employees have a job to do. One fellow anticipates going their separate ways when the job is done. At the railway station, he looks around and wonders, "Where did everyone go?"
16. "Military Splendor." It is a tough, dangerous job being a leader of men, especially in the military, in war or in peace.
17. "The Last Tree" depicts the rugged life of a lumberjack. He is sure to win a consolation prize in our hearts, to go along with the one for his valiant re-forestation effort.
18. "The Unneeded Paradise." An ambitious young man seeks fame and fortune in the New World. He doesn't cut the mustard.
19. "The Apple Trees." A young novice away from home, on the job for the first time out in the world, seeks real-life experience and learns a valuable lesson about life from an old worn-out railroad worker.
20. "The Fur." We all have something to fear. True, we may be eternally hopeful, but what happens when "something really is out there?" Scary-fiction writers would have a field day penning the likes of this Halloween story onto paper.
21. "The Monkey." An idle, but curious newspaper and magazine street-corner vender observes "monkey-business." Apparently, it doesn't get him anywhere in life. He should know better than to "monkey around with another monkey's monkey." Nothwithstanding, the meaning and gist of this story might have just sailed right on past me.
22. "Long Ago." A girl tracks down a "missing person." She wants answers, but gets more than she bargains for. If you're going to survive in this world you have to stand on your own two feet.
23. "A Finnish Landscape." Two buddies discuss the artwork of an esteemed, famous mutual acquaintance at a health resort. There's no sign of him in the picture.
24. "The Proposal." A girl tries repeatedly to tell her father that she plans to marry. He tells her wild, imaginative stories from his past. She cannot get a word in edgewise. Perhaps, she is too immature and inexperienced for matrimony and wedded bliss.
25. "Selecting a Play" is a clever story about a group of like- and civic-minded community members who want to perform in a new town play. Doing so has become an annual tradition, looking for a role you can sink your teeth into.
26. "The Frogman's Day" appears to be a funny story about a practical-joking amphibian. There may be more to "the creature" than meets the eye.
27. "Is My Hair Beautiful?" Is it about a vain man who is surely destined to become a Russian syndicate boss, once he discovers that his hidden talents are not fully or sufficiently appreciated elsewhere.
28. "The Pig Bitten." A pretty girl hikes a long distance to the lake with friends who are going fishing there, but abruptly leaves when she senses that the sun is about to set on her. She has set her moral compass for home and does not look back. You have to admire her determination and resolute steadfastness. On the other hand, you might think that she has skipped out on quite a clam-bake.
29. "The Rock in the Sunshine" is a story of spiritual awakening and the re-birth of a man with responsibilities. He has a poetic moment of triumph.
30. "The Drunkards" portrays the sobering fact that alcoholism is one of the "real and present dangers" associated with living in a frozen wasteland. You don't want to drink to that.
31. "Aila" is one of my personal favorite stories in the entire collection, about a remarkable woman who raises her sister's daughter. She senses and protects her from life's little problems, pitfalls, everyday hazards, and all harm. She should have become a saint by now. In fact, I might have met someone who had an uncanny resemblance to her, matching the description of her niece, once years ago myself and could sense the suspense immediately, but recognized that she had been completely surrounded by an impenetrable "force-field." She had been truly blessed and would continue to be for all the days of her life.
32. "Death of a Dog" is a story just as the title suggests, but with very graphic, disgusting, and gory details. On some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed in the morning.