A School for Fools by Sasha Sokolov

By Sasha Sokolov

By way of turns lyrical and philosophical, witty and baffling, A college for Fools confounds all expectancies of the radical. right here we discover now not one trustworthy narrator yet "unreliable" narrators: the younger guy who's a scholar on the "school for fools" and his double. What starts off as a reverie (with common interruptions) involves appear a type of fairy-tale quest now not for gold or marriage yet for self-knowledge. The currents of awareness operating during the novel are passionate and profound. thoughts of formative years summers on the dacha are contemporaneous with the current, the lifeless are alive, and the cherished is found in the wind. here's a story both of insanity or of the lifetime of the mind's eye in dialog with cause, straining on the limits of language; within the phrases of Vladimir Nabokov, "an spell binding, tragic, and touching book."

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This one here, swimming in horrible shoes, appeared to be about the same age as Patrician, and if she got kicked in the head by a mare, the loss would not rock Rebekka so. “There is a priest here,” D’Ortega went on. qxp 8/1/08 9:32 AM Page 27 2 7 bring her to you. I’ll have them board a sloop to any port on the coast you desire. . ” “No. ” Suddenly the woman smelling of cloves knelt and closed her eyes. They wrote new papers. Agreeing that the girl was worth twenty pieces of eight, considering the number of years ahead of her and reducing the balance by three hogsheads of tobacco or fifteen English pounds, the latter preferred.

Without patience, the lifeblood of farming, and reluctant to seek advice from villagers nearby, he was forever unprepared for violent, mocking changes in weather and for the fact that common predators neither knew nor cared to whom their prey belonged. qxp 8/1/08 a 9:32 AM Page 50 m e r c y ignored her warning of using alewives as fertilizer only to see his plots of tender vegetables torn up by foragers attracted by the smell. Nor would he plant squash among the corn. Though he allowed that the vines kept weeds away, he did not like the look of disorder.

I can tell you that even yet it is not complete though your ironwork is wondrous to see. The glittering cobras still kiss at the gate’s crown. The house is mighty, waiting only for a glazier. qxp 8/1/08 9:32 AM Page 37 3 7 niture. He tells Mistress to hurry hurry never mind the spring rain pouring down for days. The sickness alters his mind as well as his face. Will and Scully are gone and when we women each holding a corner of a blanket carry him into the house he is sleeping with his mouth wide open and never wakes.

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