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Will There Be Watermelons on Mars? Kindle Edition
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Everyone absolutely believed the scientists. They were absolutely sure this time. As a result, everyone simply stopped...stopped making things, stopped working, stopped caring.
Weren't they surprised at how "the end" turned out. All but the watermelons...
This short book is a cross between sci-fi and "The Twilight Zone". It has just enough twists in it--throughout all three stories--that the reader never really knows what is in store. Just when it starts sounding like the world is being set to rights, something else starts up.
Relationships are given emphasis here, and the author does a great job showing the absurdity of ill will in the face of disaster. The protagonists simply want to get along in what seems to be the last of days, but there are those who still hold onto their prejudices. A little thinking reveals the absurdity of the latter way of thinking.
Life goes on, be it on Earth or on Mars. But do the watermelons make it? You'll have to read for yourselves.
Everyone flocked to Jerusalem hoping to be saved and the main character of the story mourns the way things were. The look into one specific neighborhood in Jerusalem was fascinating, and the idea of what would happen the day after the end of the world is looked at from a very street-view perspective, so to speak. This isn't grand heroics, only people doing what they do best--surviving.
There are three stories in this little tome and all of them tell tales of hope.
Will There Be Watermelons on Mars? is a very short collection of stories - three, to be precise.
The first story, "Vodka and Watermelons", starts with an interesting concept - what would happen if the entire world expected the world to end, and then it didn't? Well, don't think too hard about it. Two people, Susie and Sasha, wake up after a night of vodka-drinking only to find, to their surprise, that the world is still there. As said world has to cope with its continued existence, all Susie can wonder is why there are so many watermelons in her house.
The second story, "Another Slice of Watermelon", is fairly inconsequential, as it just serves to segue to the third story and introduce that story's primary character.
The third story, "Chalutzim", deals with the relationship between a Jewish woman, Na'ima, and an Arab, Reuven. Very much in love despite living in a world that forbids it, they decide to escape all earthly judgments and prejudices by being one the first people to colonize Mars.
Like I said, this was a very quick read, and well written for the hour or so that it took me to absorb it. It was well-written, and I'm sure that the watermelons symbolized something deep and profound that I just wasn't getting, but that's me. I can appreciate the story, but only time will tell if I remember the story a long time from now. (But it's short, so I can always read it again!)