April 07, 2005

The Skinny...ummm...Skinned Steer

Jerz: Am Lit II (EL 267): Proulx, ''The Half-Skinned Steer''

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/mt/mt-tb1122.cgi/2713
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/mt/mt-tb1122.cgi/2713

Well...half-skinned. I like the humor in the story. some may not see it because of all the gruesome details in it, but its there. like when he was told his brother was clawed to death by an emu. lol!!! death is not funny, but i pictured how he would look if he was actually being clawed by an emu...to death to boot. i know most of you know what an emu is, but in case you forgot, it is an ostrich-like bird. it looks so ridicuolous if i saw one approaching me I would die of laughter before being clawed. this is a Final Destination-like story in the sense that it seemed he was meant to die. he left home so long ago with no intent of returning. now a situation occurs where he feels obligated to return to a place he once knew. its as if Fate set him up for the kill. on another note Proulx was almost poetic, no...definitely poetic in with some of her sentences. For example, "In the long unfurling of his life, from tight-wound kid hustler in a wool suit riding the train out of Cheyenne to geriatric limper in this spooled-out year...." Wow...there is more metaphor in that sentence than one can find in some books.

Posted by PhilmoreMills at April 7, 2005 04:14 PM | TrackBack
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