By Rawi Hage
Within the Carnival urban there are sorts of taxi drivers — the spiders and the flies. The spiders patiently sit down of their autos and look forward to the calls to return. however the flies are wanderers — they roam the streets, searching for the raised palms of passengers between life's perpetual flux.
Fly is a wanderer and a knower. Raised within the circus, the son of a golden-haired trapeze artist and a flying carpet pilot from the East, he's destined to float and realize. From his taxi we see the realm in all its carnivalesque good looks and ugliness. We meet criminals, prostitutes, madmen, magicians, and clowns of many forms. We meet usual humans going to outstanding locations, and revolutionaries attempting to dwell traditional lives. starvation and injustice claw on the urban, and books give you the basically real guard. And while the Carnival begins, all limits dissolve, and a gunshot is going off . . .
With all the good looks, fact, rage, and peripatetic storytelling that experience made Cockroach and De Niro's video game overseas publishing sensations, Carnival supplies us Rawi Hage at his searing most sensible. Alternately giggling at absurdity and crying out at oppression, by way of turns outrageous, hilarious, sorrowful, and stirring, Carnival is a journey de strength that might make all of life's passengers squirm of their cozy, complacent backseats.
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Then he would hear her at the piano upstairs, stumbling through one of her pieces from the Anna Magdalena Notebook, the only piece of classical music he knew of at the time. Half an hour later she might be back at the window, staring at him again. She never came out to speak to him if she saw him with a book. Years ago, when Edward was still a schoolboy, his father had patiently instructed her never to interrupt her son’s studies. That summer, after finals, his interest was in fanatical medieval cults and their wild, psychotic leaders, who regularly proclaimed themselves the Messiah.
But was she really so vulnerable? He had peeped once into her school report folder and seen her intelligence-tests results: one hundred and fifty-two, seventeen points above his own score. This was an age when these quotients were held to measure something as tangible as height or weight. When he sat in on a rehearsal with the quartet, and she had a difference of opinion on a phrasing or tempo or dynamic with Charles, the chubby and assertive cellist, whose face shone with late-flowering acne, Edward was intrigued by how cool Florence could be.
Sex with Edward could not be the summation of her joy, but was the price she must pay for it. She knew she should have spoken up long ago, as soon as he proposed, long before the visit to the sincere and soft-voiced vicar, and dinners with their respective parents, before the wedding guests were invited, the gift list devised and lodged with a department store, and the marquee and photographer hired, and all the other irreversible arrangements. But what could she have said, what possible terms could she have used when she could not have named the matter to herself?