- File Size: 667 KB
- Print Length: 72 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dumagrad; 1 edition (June 21, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 21, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00V2L0VAA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Man Who Remembered The Moon (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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While in the mental hospital, Hale worked tirelessly to prove he was right and the world was wrong. At his wits end at one point, he was ready to give up and surrender the idea of a moon, but Dr. Pallister refused to let him off the hook so easily. The two men continued their mental sparring, using clever logical constructs to make their case. In the end, readers will have to decide for themselves which man's conclusions were the most likely answer to the conundrum.
The story was a fascinating and very readable study of how the human mind works to develop and justify people's own realities. Kudos to the author for a well written, engaging story.
David Hale is an intelligent man who works in a job beneath his talents in a call center. One night, he is out on his terrace and realizes the moon is no longer there. He doesn't know what is going on. He talks to many people and none of them remember that a moon ever existed. He soon finds himself in a mental institution being treated by Dr. Marvin Pallister for his delusion.
David is really a brilliant man. He comes up with his own elaborate theories as to why he is the only person on earth able to remember the moon. He then goes about trying to prove his theories, but, while doing so, finds that every reference to the moon he remembers from history or from literature is also gone. He doesn't understand how that could be. Is he really crazy? Is he really delusional?
At the same time he is undergoing therapy with Dr. Pallister. Dr. Pallister is not a very sympathetic character as he often laughs at David's theories and goes about proving to David that everything he is saying can be proven to be wrong. David is a sympathetic character. You feel for what he is going through and you want to know the resolution to his story.
I was taken off-guard when that resolution is disclosed. I didn't believe it. I had to read the last several pages three times before I came to my own conclusion about the truth. I don't know if I'm right. I don't think anyone reading the book can ever know if he/she is right, but it doesn't matter because the story is written so well there are no holes in it to prove you are right or wrong.
I highly recommend this short story. I mean it when I say it is brilliant. The ending I believe seems to make sense when you read through the story again, this time with the knowledge of the ending. I'm glad I have this book because I know I will be reading it many times in the future.
I cannot recommend this story.
I do not read a lot of sci-fi or "The Twilight Zone"-type stories, and perhaps I am doing "The Man Who Remembered the Moon" a disservice by invoking that genre. There might be more to the story than I caught. It might, for instance, be an elaborate allegory. For me, it was an entertaining story, with some good lines, striking images, and welcome humor. Although outside my usual realm of reading, the tale was well worth the hour or so required to read it.
What I have (courtesy of the author) is the paperback book. It contains a second story, thirteen pages in length, titled "The One about the Ballard Fanatic". It was similar in tone and effect, and it too ended with an uncanny twist. The "Ballard" of the title refers to J.G. Ballard, and no aficionado of J.G. Ballard should miss it.
By the way, the paperback edition is a handsome one. Kudos to Dumagrad Books. I will be on the lookout for future offerings from both the publishing house and the author.