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Monday, February 22, 2021

Reader's Diary #2171 - Yilin Wang: Sparrow

 Yilin Wang's short story "Sparrow" tells of a young woman who's travelled to a city to work at one of the few jobs available to her: washing windows of a high rise. Unfortunately she's about to lose even that job as a robot is replacing her. 

The story is rather fatalistic with strong themes of alienation. This makes the choice of a 2nd person perspective all the more interesting. On the one hand, had Wang written it in 3rd person, it might make the central character's situation seem even more isolated. But on the other, maybe 2nd instills some empathy in the readers.

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