A woman puts her dreadful revenge through with a little help of a whole bunch of rats… Why does this sound slightly familiar to me?
Personal remarks apart, I did not find the end so satisfying. Unless we take literally the statement that the narrator… bit himself to death personally! Rats’ teeth are supposed to left different signs from a man’s, don’t they?
2. Big Driver
Another novella about feminine revenge, with some important considerations about guiltiness and self-discharging. And a lot of good unexpected twists (as any twist is supposed to be…). Quite good the trick of letting everything/body speak aloud, TomTom included. Something to be thought about, and maybe borrowed, in story-telling.
3. Fair Extension
The good old story of the deal with the devil once more retold. It leaves you with the feeling of something unfinished, although it does have an end… a long one. With no cruelty and no horror… apparently. With a taste somehow unexpected, as when you bite in a piece of fruit you know to be harsh, and its bittersweet juice surprises your tongue, but you sort of like it… Sort of.
4. A Good Marriage.
So, in the last 50 pages or so, the King plays his masterly "coup", and gives us one of his unforgettable stories of "ordinary people in extraordinary situations". Tht's how a true writer tells a story, going deep while pretending to be just a "story-teller". "Does anybody really knows anybody ?"