By Bruce Wagner
Composed of 2 significant other novellas, The Empty Chair is a profound, heart-wrenching piece of non secular storytelling from Bruce Wagner, the the world over acclaimed writer of such novels as Dead Stars, I’m wasting You and Force Majeure. In First Guru, a fictional Wagner narrates the story of a Buddhist dwelling in giant Sur, who achieves enlightenment within the bad aftermath of his child’s suicide. In Second Guru, Queenie, an getting older wild baby, returns to India to accomplish the non secular trip of her adolescence. advised in ravaged, sensuous element to the author-narrator via strangers on contrary facets of the rustic, years except one another, either tales light up the random, chaotic nature of human discomfort and the surprising power of the human spirit. A deeply affecting and meditative interpreting adventure, The Empty Chair is an exquisitely rendered, thought-provoking, and humbling new paintings.
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When at last Hazel had got him back to the ditch, he refused at first to go underground and Hazel had almost to push him down the hole. The sun set behind the opposite slope. The wind turned colder, with a scatter of rain, and in less than an hour it was dark. All color had faded from the sky: and although the big board by the gate creaked slightly in the night wind (as though to insist that it had not disappeared in the darkness, but was still firmly where it had been put), there was no passer-by to read the sharp, hard letters that cut straight as black knives across its white surface.
Evidently there were nesting holes in the sheer face below them, for as the light grew they saw three or four martins dart out over the stream and away into the fields beyond. In a short time one returned with his beak full, and they could hear the nestlings squeaking as he flew out of sight beneath their feet. The bank did not extend far in either direction. Upstream, it sloped down to a grassy path between the trees and the water. This followed the line of the river, which ran straight from almost as far away as they could see, flowing smoothly without fords, gravel shallows or plank bridges.
At this moment, as he was still wondering what to say to them, he suddenly realized that something had lightened his spirits. What could it be? A smell? A sound? Then he knew. Nearby, across the river, a lark had begun to twitter and climb. It was morning. A blackbird called one or two deep, slow notes and was followed by a wood pigeon. Soon they were in a gray twilight and could see that the stream bordered the further edge of the wood. On the other side lay open fields. 8. The Crossing The centurion ...