Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas

By Scarlett Thomas

May a narrative retailer your lifestyles? If Kelsey Newman's thought in regards to the finish of time is right, we're all going to dwell endlessly. yet who would wish that? by no means Meg, a vivid spark trapped in a hopeless courting. but when she will be able to figure out the relationship among a wild beast on Dartmoor, a boat in a bottle, the technological know-how of time a knitting trend for the form of the universe, she may well simply have the option out.

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He did this on purpose because Libby had money and he didn’t like it. Mostly when I saw Libby it was at the pub, although Christopher often complained about me going out and leaving him on his own. B had been sniffing the ground, but now put her paws up on the side of Libby’s car and whimpered through the window. She wanted to get in. She loved going in cars. Libby patted her head, but didn’t look at her. ’ She started brainstorming. ‘We, er, me and you went out last night and I lost my keys and had to stay at yours.

I shrugged. ‘I don’t know. ’ ‘Yeah. ’ ‘There must be a way. Let’s go back to basics. How do you tell a really good story? ’ I looked at my watch. Christopher would be wondering where I was. ’ I said. ’ ‘OK. Just keep it simple. Base the story on cause and effect. ’ ‘A beginning, a middle and an end. A problem, a climax and a solution. You link them. Put someone on the wrong ship. Then make it sink. Then rescue them. Not literally, obviously. You have to have a problem and make it get worse and then solve it.

Let’s go back to basics. How do you tell a really good story? ’ I looked at my watch. Christopher would be wondering where I was. ’ I said. ’ ‘OK. Just keep it simple. Base the story on cause and effect. ’ ‘A beginning, a middle and an end. A problem, a climax and a solution. You link them. Put someone on the wrong ship. Then make it sink. Then rescue them. Not literally, obviously. You have to have a problem and make it get worse and then solve it. ’ ‘Lib …’ ‘All right. So I was out with you and I lost my keys.

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