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The Falang, Mark Plummer

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:47:28
Reflection on and reaction to The Falang, Mark Plummer.

Mark Plummer is twenty-five years old and lives in Cornwall working for the University of Exeter. He has previously had stories published in the United Kingdom, America and Australia. He has also written and performed in plays for Arts Festivals.



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Posted by Jim Nessum Fri, August 16, 2013 11:17:49

Sorry for the late post but I have to wait for my friend in the UK to post the issues to Australia for me. I thought this was great though. The atmosphere built up is so thick you can taste it. I agree with comments about it being part of something longer. It would be a interesting, difernt-from-the-norm novel. There's a touch of Hemmingway about the flow of it and Nabokovian in the eye for detail.
On a differnet note, can you get Prole mailed direct to Australia so i don't have to wait on my friend?

Posted by Sophie Whitley Flavell Sun, June 23, 2013 19:46:55

Such a beautiful story, Mark, full of evocative fragrances and colour, and cinematic in its approach. I can imagine this being a snapshot of a longer piece of work, perhaps a novel. So many questions....

Posted by Mark Plummer Tue, May 21, 2013 16:13:59

Thank you for these kind comments. This is a great facility provided by Prole as generally the only feedback you get is from friends or from magazines so the opinions of actual readers is very much appreciated.

It's also an honour to published alongside a great collection of short stories. I don't have the first idea about poetry but I'm sure the quality is equally high.

Posted by Jill Ethorn Mon, April 29, 2013 16:07:32

I picked up this issue of Prole from my friend's coffee table and opened it at random to this story. I thought it was short but so beautifully told and in that short space of time he built up a village and a scene which was described with such exact detail and clarity that it was a shock to be back in the dreary living room with rain pouring down the windows. I really enjoyed the story.

Posted by Sue Pace Thu, April 25, 2013 19:16:46

I agree with Adam. Lovely evocative story. And I also want to add the story of my friend's daughter. My friend is white. Her husband is black. Their daughter is a mixture of the two..but in the US she would be seen as black...by her looks. The girl was in the Peace Corps and stationed in Togo, Africa. The villagers immediately labeled her white...by her looks alone. So what is race? It is whatever the prevaling culture calls it. I, too, found the sense of place in this story to be so clear...that I felt dropped into this SE Asian world. Well done, author.

Posted by Adam Meyler Thu, April 25, 2013 08:38:53

I found the sense of place in this story remarkable. It is so evocative of the Asian countryside. We struggle along with the main character grasping at the language. The ending when he finally thinks he's got it is both funny and a clever study in the mental block that stops people all over the world understanding foreigners even when they're speaking in their language.