John Crowley (crowleycrow) wrote,
John Crowley

There is a certain kind of modernist story that involves the sudden appearance of an inexplicable thing in an ordinary social situation -- something ususlly large and unavoidable -- that's not particualrly threatening but is inconvenient and eerie.  Gradually people come to either accept it or explain it to themselves.  Eventually it vanishes, or it never does.  The only example I can think of is Marques's "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings."  I know there are others.  ANy examples?
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Shaun Tan's "The Lost Thing" Kind of giant tea-pot :)
Don't know it. Thanks.


November 19 2015, 01:42:24 UTC 4 years ago

The inserted object onto the scene that is either sanctioned or rejected. It takes what it needs from its spectators or participants in order to reach maximum expression.


January 6 2016, 13:12:15 UTC 4 years ago

The mysterious object in the sky seen by the children at the beginning of Murakami's Kafka on the Shore. Never mentioned again.
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1. The "four years, eleven months, and two days"-long rain in One Hundred Years of Solitude.

2. The book with an infinite pages in Borges's The Book of Sand.

3. The "stepper" (an inexplicably simple device that helps people "step" from one Universe to another), or for that matter, the "Long Earth" itself, in Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter's The Long Earth.

4. Also, perhaps, the monoliths from 2001: A Space Odyssey?
I meant: "... an infinite number of pages ..."
Marquez probably wins -- besides these examples there is the Leaf Storm and probably another I'm not remembering. Thanks.


May 24 2016, 02:30:04 UTC 4 years ago

"The Seraph and the Zambezi" by Muriel Spark
Love Spark, have never heard of this stry -- will look for it. Thanks.


May 31 2017, 23:14:36 UTC 3 years ago

"The Drowned Giant", by J. G. Ballard.
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