Monday, June 21, 2021

Reader's Diary #2212- Duncan Grimes: The Man in the Red Cap

 I feel like a bit of a hypocrite for my thoughts on Duncan Grimes' short story "The Man in the Red Cap." 

On the one hand, I like stories where something happens for no reason and much of the plot revolves around a townsfolk being put out by just that: a man shows up to town and swims each day to hang from a buoy for several hours then returning to shore, only to repeat this bizarre and unexplained practice everyday. They try to make sense of it, imagine all sorts of dark histories, but an answer never materializes.

But the story also doesn't have an ending, or really much of one (unless I missed something), and therefore the story is also strange for no reason and that I was less crazy about. I'm not saying I wanted an explanation, but I did at least want a resolution. 

Still, it held my attention and I quite enjoyed the setting and character building.

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