Monday, February 16, 2015

Reader's Diary #1121- Aimee Bender: The Rememberer


In Aimee Bender's"The Rememberer" a woman named Annie wakes up one morning to find that her boyfriend has turned into an ape. Actually, there's a bit more of a build up than that and it's probably relevant that the last thing he says to her in human form is that people think too much and there isn't enough heart in the world.

It's also relevant, I suppose, to note that he doesn't stop at ape, but continues to rapidly devolve into supposedly lesser animals. Needless to stay it's a fascinating story. I developed a few theories as I went through. It's a metaphor for being loving someone who descends into madness, it's a metaphor for hanging onto the idealized person you thought you fell in love with but eventually have to admit they weren't that person at all, it's... I'm not sure what it is. It's a Life of Pi scenario though: any realistic explanation I come up with isn't going to be as the beautifully magical original version.

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