What You See in the Dark
Manuel Munoz; Manuel Muoz
Published by: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9781565125339)
“Admission” is a school story with an original perspective, since in Danzy Senna we are dealing with a writer who is almost as rare as the unicorn: A writer with a unique perspective who also manages to be absorbing and stimulating and not just offbeat. Please save the readers of our country from offbeat writers who really have nothing to say. I am starting a fund for this purpose.
The thing is, reading this book, even at it’s darkest places, you can see Bob Thurber’s fingerprints. He’s so sharp – especially at short fiction – that he writes short burning chapters from which you can’t tear away. He slugs you right in the gut without any maudlin posturing – you’ll probably ask for more.
After a particularly crappy commute home, circumstance lead him to his garage attic, where he sits in an old chair and inadvertently falls asleep. Awakening the following morning, he realizes he has been reported missing, and decides to see what happens. He spends the next months scavenging for food in neighbors’ cans and watching his wife through the bedroom window.
The train trip from the environs of Cardiff to London takes roughly three hours. That’s too long for it to be a daily commute or a casual trip. Once in London, you’d stay very conscious of the time and the train schedule if you were making a return on the same day. And I imagine there would be a strong temptation to stay in London overnight.
Dubus speaks with that hard Boston lilt, that “whatchew gonna do bout it?!” vocal swagger popularized recently by The Fighter, and he really turns it on when he’s reading. His body, too, is animated by a fighter’s bravado. When he’s really hitting on a point, he affects a boxer’s physical nuances: a pulling back, a bracing, a short fast jab.