Monday, February 07, 2022

Reader's Diary #2283 - Angélica Gorodischer: A Perfect Wife

 Maybe it's my adult lack of imagination, but I don't know if I can recapture that magic I had while reading The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe as a kid. I didn't look for other meanings. I didn't believe the wardrobe was representative of something else. The kids went into the wardrobe, they entered Narnia. That's just what happened.

Yet reading Angelica Gorodischer's short story "A Perfect Wife," about a woman who, ever since she was a child, occasionally found that doors led to unexpected places, I kept trying to force it to make sense. Maybe the door represented a book! Maybe it's her imagination! But nothing held up. And when I gave up on the notion that something would, I enjoyed it a lot more.

I also love the ending which just hints at a rationale behind the woman's shocking bursts of violence. 

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