A Year of Lesser by David Bergen

By David Bergen

Whilst Johnny thinks approximately Loraine and her contact, it's as though the Holy Spirit is tickling his backbone. yet Johnny is greater than tickled whilst he reveals out Loraine is pregnant together with his baby. An almost-saved Christian, a not-quite-sober alcoholic and part-time lover of Loraine, Johnny isn't yes the place his spouse Charlene matches into this advanced love triangle of girls, males, wishes and fact. He's even much less certain the place Chris, Loraine's teenaged son, and Melody, Chris' pregnant female friend, belong in his existence as a husband, lover, and volunteer coordinator of the city of Lesser's youngster drop-in center.A feed offer salesman whose heritage extends in simple terms so far as he can consider, Johnny longs for a non secular salvation, yet unearths good looks and fact within the smooth, hot flesh of the ladies he loves. Charlene's ultimate, fiery fact lies in her lack of ability to come back to phrases with Johnny's earthly morality.

An terribly gifted new writer, Bergen achieves a finely tuned stability in his paintings: his tone is lifelike, shot with ironic perception, replete with dazzling, yet probably casually put common truths, seamlessly woven into an soaking up tale of individuals suffering from their souls in a small prairie city.

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O oleiro levantou-se, afastou a cortina da janela, Não o vejo na casota, disse, Anda por aí, a cumprir a sua obrigação de guardião da casa, a vigiar as cercanias, Se é que não se escapou, Tudo pode suceder na vida, mas não acredito. Inquieto, receoso, Cipriano Algor abriu bruscamente a porta e quase tropeçou com o cão. Achado estava estendido no capacho, meio atravessado no limiar, com o focinho virado para a entrada. Levantou-se quando viu aparecer o dono e esperou. Está aqui, anunciou o oleiro, Bem vejo, respondeu Marta lá de dentro.

Touca branca, blusa branca, saia branca, sapatos brancos, tudo branco branco branco, tudo de impecável alvura, como se se tratasse de um anjo de caridade, baixado à terra com a incumbência de aliviar as aflições e mitigar as dores enquanto, mais tarde ou mais cedo, não tiver de ser chamado à pressa outro anjo vestido de igual para lhe mitigar e aliviar as suas próprias dores e aflições. Também o esquimó não apresenta dificuldades por aí além, as peles que o revestem podem ser pintadas de uma cor metade bege metade pardo, cortada por uns quantos laivos esbranquiçados, tudo a fingir de pele de urso virada ao contrário, o importante é que o esquimó tenha mesmo cara de esquimó, que para sê-lo é que veio ao mundo.

Diversamente aplicadas, as cores de um podem servir para o outro, e duas ou três alterações vestimentárias transformarão rapidamente o bobo em palhaço e o palhaço em bobo. Vendo bem, são figuras que tanto na indumentária como na função quase se repetem uma à outra, a única diferença que se observa entre elas, de um ponto de vista social, é não ser costume do palhaço ir ao palácio do rei. Também o mandarim com a sua cabaia e o assírio com a sua túnica não vão exigir atenções especiais, com dois breves toques nos olhos a cara do esquimó servirá ao chinês e as opulentas e onduladas barbas do assírio tornarão mais fácil o trabalho sobre a parte inferior do rosto.

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