By Sasha Sokolov
By way of turns lyrical and philosophical, witty and baffling, A college for Fools confounds all expectancies of the radical. the following 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 as a reverie (with common interruptions) involves appear a type of fairy-tale quest no longer for gold or marriage yet for self-knowledge. The currents of recognition operating throughout the novel are passionate and profound. thoughts of early life summers on the dacha are contemporaneous with the current, the lifeless are alive, and the liked 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 enthralling, tragic, and touching book."
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If you killed an enemy officer you got more points. In practice, however, since there were so many fewer officers than soldiers, numbers as well began to count. As a consequence, though collecting heads was important, whose heads these were became less so. Indeed, the innocent passerby was sometimes slain so that he could contribute his head to a soldier's account. As in this war where, I was told, there were five heads all labeled: Traitorous Monk Enshin Akamatsu. Heads being this important, there was no question of taking prisoners of war.
KUMAGAI Suspicious, they demanded to be shown. And so the young emperor and his sister were ordered out. Here, while the guards were looking at them, I also had the opportunity of gazing at his majesty. He made a boyish girl when one knew he was a boy. While his sister cowered, his confusion was masculine, resolute. I felt a strong emotion-! was only three years older than he-which I set down to reverence. It began again to snow and there he stood, flakes in his locks. I gazed at the sight and my eyes shone.
I caught one of the men at such pleasantries and had him publicly flogged. The gathered men stared at the red muscle as a buttock split and there was a respectful hush-disturbed to be sure by the culprit's screams. Though this display muffled the ridicule, it did not increase my popularity. Since I was determined to make something of myself, however, a good reputation was called for and so I continued to enforce discipline. I detained the entire group for the remark of a single man and had numbers of them locked up, beatings were common.
A School for Fools by Sasha Sokolov