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The Speed of Light, by Anthony Marrian

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 14, 2012 13:33:00
Reaction to and reflection on The Speed of Light, by Anthony Marrian.

Anthony Marrian began life in Kenya, where he adopted a buffalo calf as a pet. His interests developed to include song-writing, designing and flying kites, tropical fish, bonsai and knitting! He is the resident chef in the family home. In January 2012 his elder daughter told him to get off his backside and start writing. So he did, writing one short story a week for three months. He has started work on a novel depicting a nursery school head as she struggles to do what she considers best for the children despite the ambitions of their pushy parents.

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Posted by Anthony Marrian Thu, December 06, 2012 20:11:32

Those are very encouraging remarks, Maria, and I appreciate them. Anthony

Posted by Maria Bennett Sun, October 07, 2012 12:53:56

Although the opening paragraph signalled the sort of work I might not generally be attracted to, I found this story very compelling and extremely thought provoking, and loved the associative thoughts of the narrator which engaged the reader with the narrators past and generated a sense of loss. There was great use of contrast: the opening followed by the more intimate thoughts of the narrator; in terms of settings - the inner and outer landscape, and tone - the cool almost distanced tone was a great contrast to the content. I liked the tension between science and God which ran throughout the story.

Maria

Posted by Anthony Marrian Sat, September 08, 2012 18:19:07

I've told my wife that now that I'm a writer, it is necessary to visit faraway places (notebook in hand), purely for research.... She's dead keen. And, judging from the price of train tickets these days, I suspect it's going to be cheaper than commuting!

Posted by Sue Pace Tue, September 04, 2012 22:22:28

I still work...for money....some of my best images arise during the commute.

Posted by Anthony Marrian Fri, August 24, 2012 17:03:16

I'm working at it, Sue, although, despite ingenious attempts, I have yet to give up the day job!

Posted by Sue Pace Tue, August 21, 2012 18:36:08

Having learned to say "good-bye" you may now practice saying "hello". Glad you took your daughter's advice.