New PDF release: Almost No Memory

By Lydia Davis

ISBN-10: 1466869240

ISBN-13: 9781466869240

In suggestive, clipped prose, the writer of the seriously acclaimed novel, the tip of the tale, provides a suite of brief tales that captures the convolutions of human relationships and the bounds of the self."

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After all, we’re well into construction nobody else could possibly build a challenger in the time available. ’ ‘That’s true,’ Dale nodded. ‘It’s too late for them to start building now, but we’re going to be pestered and hindered at every turn. ’ The doctor paused in the act of lighting his pipe. He looked thoughtfully at Dale. ‘It strikes me that the secret’s already been blown. ’ He nodded in the direction of the black suited corpse. ‘He wasn’t just a casual burglar, you can depend on that. Silenced gun, no marks of identification, knew his way about here.

Curtance is going to try to win the Keuntz Prize for the first interplanetary flight. Mr. Curtance, as you know, is a very brave man. A lot of people have already tried to win that prize, and, as. far as we know, they have all died in the attempt. ‘Many men lost their lives in trying to reach the Moon, and most people said it was impossible for them to do it there was even a movement to get their attempts banned. But the men went on trying. Duncan, K. K. Smith and Sudden actually got there, but they crashed on the surface and were killed.

An augmented corps of watchmen with the assistance of police dogs guarded doors behind which work went on with the same unhurried efficiency as in the days before the secret was out. The most obvious and concrete result of world wide interest was a new shed hastily run up to accommodate Dale’s swollen secretariat. The inquest upon the intruder was reported in full detail and followed with close attention, but it failed to provide any sensational revelations, and the body remained unidentified. The chief witness gave his evidence clearly, received the congratulations of the coroner upon his narrow escape and left the court with an increased reputation for courage.

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