Thursday, 28 September 2000

From "Inverse Anthropomorphisms and Animistic Animals in Recent Literature"

By Derek White (& the link).

James Tate, return to the city of white donkeys:

  • In The Memories of Fish, the narrator Stanley mocks the very fishiness of fish.
  • In Suburban Bison, the narrator and his friend are on their way to go bowling and get distracted by a herd of buffalo.
  • In The Camel, he receives a photograph in the mail of himself riding a camel in the desert even though he has never ridden, let alone dreamed of riding, a camel in the desert.
  • In The Greater Battle, he is at an aquarium when a Great White shark, who evidently harbors feelings for him and starts ramming the glass walls of the tank.
  • When a fortune-teller in Half-eaten tells him that there is a cougar in his future and he starts to believe this, it almost causes his girlfriend to leave him.
  • In The Great Horned Owl Has Flown, he is haunted by a stuffed owl he buys at a tag sale, that eventually disappears from his mantle place on its own accord.
  • In the last, and most telling piece of the collection, The Search for Lost Lives, he is chasing a blue butterfly, something he had "known in another life, even if it was only in a dream."

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