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Jaime is seventy-three and a bit bored on his island home. Mallorca off Spain in the Mediterranean has been his home most of his life. Jaime has early Parkinson's and been taking medicine to hold it at bay. More and more as the effectiveness abates.
Stefan jumps from a plane flying over the island, injuring a foot as he lands, never having used a chute before. His story, readily admitted, is the pilot died and he jumps, carrying a bag of the coke aboard. A small bag. The plane crashes into the sea.
The two men become friendly and Jaime makes the decision to help him unload the coke, though he's well set and doesn't need the money.
Quite an interesting story as the two men bond and wonder about what they are doing.
And the novella length --- on second thoughts, devourable at a sitting even by this plodder and satisfying for that. New legs to the diminutive format.
Enjoyable bonus vignette 'The Moment'. 6 bucks ..who's complaining? ( plus about $6 more in shipping, oo-er.. and t h a n k s Amayouknowho ;)
Such is the framework of the novella THE MAN FROM THE SKY. The two men find in the other exactly the thing they're looking for. Jaime covets a life of adventure in lieu of what he sees as his own rather mundane existence. Stefan, on the other hand, wants nothing more than to get "out of the fastlane" and live a life of simple pleasures and solace ~ which is precisely what he sees in Jaime's life.
Both characters can relate to the persona of Tantalus from Greek mythology. After trying to dupe the gods, Tantalus is condemned to forever suffer from hunger & thirst in spite of being up to his neck in water and having branches of gorgeous fruit that lay JUST out of his reach. The Greeks well knew that life can be cruel; there are times that we believe happiness is within our grasp, only to find that it slips away & there's nothing we can do about it. Jaime and Stefan both have their bouts with unfortunate circumstances where the fruits of life are JUST beyond their extended fingertips.
The book also contains a short story called A MOMENT. Like the novella, it is seeped in nostalgia; questions abound about what path in life that we should follow, and how previous choices stick with us for the rest of our lives. Both stories recalled to my mind a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke:
Of the doves the always most protected,
never endangered most, does not know tenderness;
richest of all hearts is the resurrected:
turning back liberates, freedom rejoices.
Over the nowhere arches the everywhere.
Oh, the ball that is thrown that we dare,
does it not fill our hands differently than before?
By the weight of return it is more.
~Rilke, trans: Walter Kafumann
So it is with the characters in this book; always confronted with the choice between a life of pragmatism and safety and a life of danger & excitement. Ultimately, nothing makes you feel alive so much as living dangerously.....
The picturesque Europeon scenery described in the stories as well as the subtle tone give this book an Ernest Hemingway feel. People who live in, have lived in or have traveled through Europe will likely find the sites within the story quite poignant.
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