Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Curious Case of the Leech Vender
But the book's preface is very odd indeed, asking the reader, "Aren't you tired of reading novels, those lying, fake stories of people who don't exist? This story is indeed real!" It's the beginning of a story which, if published today, would be taken as a parody. Or, would have no more esthetic value than a Chick Tract. And the story may have really happened, but it's written in the prose style of an overheated, didactic soap opera.
I've included here the first few pages of this oddity from another time for your reading pleasure. (The Unreliable Narrator is a time machine and you are welcome!)