Who Said That?

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Maneck attended a few rallies and protests, only in order to support his friend. After a while, even that wasn’t a sufficient reason. The process was so tediously repetitious, he stopped going.

Avinish did not have time for chess in the evenings anymore. They still ate together but were seldom alone, and Maneck resented it. A crowd hung around his friend, discussing and arguing about things he did not understand and was not interested in understanding. Their talk was filled with words like democratization, constitution, alienation, degeneration, decentralization, collectivization, nationalism, capitalism, materialism, feudalism, imperialism, communalism, socialism, fascism, relativism, determinism, proletarianism—ism, ism, ism, ism, the words flying around like buzzing insects.

Why couldn’t these fellows talk more normally? wondered Maneck. To amuse himself he began counting their various isms, and stopped when he reached twenty. Sometimes, dogs came into their debates—imperialist dogs, running dogs of capitalism. Sometimes the dogs were pigs, capitalist pigs. Money-lending hyenas and landowning jackals also put in occasional appearances. And lately, besides the isms, there was this Emergency that they kept going on about, behaving as if the sky had fallen.

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5 Responses to Who Said That?

  1. John Yeazel says:

    It has to be from the new novel you are writing. ” —ism, ism, ism, ism, the words flying around like buzzing insects. ” I could imagine you writing a line like that.

    Maneck and Avinish should give someone a clue but I have no idea.

  2. John Yeazel says:

    I will take a guess and say Chaim Potek. His novels are good reads. I especially liked The Chosen, The Promise and My Name is Asher Lev.

  3. John Stovall says:

    Hmm, a few guesses, some more serious than others:

    1. Tom Clancy, “Sum of All Fears”

    2. Orhan Pamuk…?

    3. Tayeb Salih, “Season of Migration to the North”. Sudanese novel.

    My Middle Eastern lit isn’t up to speed besides those…

  4. John Yeazel says:

    Just read Ann Hart’s review of Orhan Pamuk’s book Snow in the recent issue of Modern Reformation- it was quite moving to say the least. A fellow named Ky is the main character and I do not think the quote above fits the plot and storyline of the book as described by the reviewer.

  5. Zrim says:

    John & John,


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