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188 pages, Paperback
First published October 1, 1959
A simplistic plot(less) summary. Events are told and things are described. Most everything involves a soldier carrying a box. He jumpcuts from nexus to nexus within a city with plenty of buildings but without landmarks. Streets are identical. This must be shown on a screen. Animated. Like with crayons. No. Or stop motion photography. Cards with the dialog written. Not many cards. It will be easy for me because there are no people moving about the streets with the soldier. A boy with a cape. A man with a fur-lined coat and an umbrella. One at a time with the soldier. I can draw that. But the many soldiers. And in the café. It's an etching, the eye ingests the patrons, bartender, and waitress within one. All sleeping within one army barracks hospital room. A sort of family unit inside one residential one-room residence. The soldier might be injured, sick, or simply unable to experience time. Normally. Or at all. No. I'm thinking of the narrator. It's snowing and he has a sallow complexion with a certain amount of days' beard growth. Or rain. Silent snowfall, even vocalizations, called speech, might not be auditory. It's all his thoughts. The tree falls inside a skull. I can tell you that. No one hears a thing. Read images of vision. I stopped summarizing some time ago.