Monday, 20 November 2017

In a Grove by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

“What profound silence! Not a single bird-note was heard in the sky over this grave in the hollow of the mountains. Only a lonely light lingered on the cedars and mountains.”

A rather intriguing short story of only some 14 pages and yet its structure makes for an engaging read. A dead body has been found and everyone involved has their own take on what exactly transpired.
 I really loved the way each character vented their own, different perspective. It makes for a fantastic read. My only quibble and the reason for deducting one point, is that there wasn't more of it. Proof positive that 14 pages can still pack a punch. I mean there's rape, murder, violence and intrigue and who knows the truth? One gets closer to it with each step.

 4 out of 5 perspectives can differ.

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