Download PDF by Deborah Eisenberg: All Around Atlantis: Stories

By Deborah Eisenberg

ISBN-10: 0374707774

ISBN-13: 9780374707774

Deborah Eisenberg's deeply etched and mysterious tales specialize in participants grappling with dislocations, ironies, and compromises levied through usual truth and the brilliant, troubling worlds her characters inhabit. With lyrical and glowing prose, Eisenberg pries open way of life to discover the hidden

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Your hunger for celebrity (which is the wish for power over other men, as it hopes to enthrall their imaginations to one’s own)—that is your nature and, as you must know, the instrument of others’ inevitable destruction. It is Hyde who sees Drayton removing Jekyll’s notebook from its lair and yielding precipitately to the seduction of a formula that will make him singular, extraordinary—which is to say, monstrous. Hyde sees Drayton now in Jekyll’s house, captivated by Jekyll’s niece, whom I did not mention (a lovely young woman by all reports)— now circling around her, now seducing her, and soon—in one form of Hyde—destroying her, as he must, as he must.

This is not a night one finds in the North Atlantic, I thought to myself, where purity of darkness yields to a sullen, secretive gloom. And the air—so suave and flowery as we leaned over the rail to watch the shining fish. ” I asked her to repeat the word. ” I begged. ” “In saying it, your lips look as if they were about to kiss,” I said. She smiled and looked at the moon, which was round and gold as a coin. “I don’t understand what is happening,” I said. She misunderstood my confusion, thinking I meant kisses.

She must be, I tell myself. Shaking my head to dispel an anxiety that has laid its hand upon my soul, I inquire after the barber, who is nowhere to be seen. ” Peggy says with the air of someone who has just been given a great happiness. “We can’t remember the last time he was called. And the captain was always so fastidious! He disliked beards and side-whiskers, insisting that he be clean-shaven. ” “Through the speaking tube,” she says, nodding toward The Captain Is Sleeping 47 an apparatus above the wainscoting, next to a crudely lithographed calendar.

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