Thursday, 2 June 2011
matadors, sharks, liars
I'm co-hosting a bookswap on Sunday at Stoke Newington public library. The authors are John Butler and Ian Leslie, who, for clarity, is a friend of mine. (I think reviewers - which I am not in this case - should always mention their relationships with people they are reviewing. Other people think differently. We can't both be right.)
Anyway, John Butler's written an intercontinental coming-of-age novel called The Tenderloin and Ian Leslie has written Born Liars, which is a book about lying. Or is it? (It is.) (Or is it?) Here's a paragraph from it. Or is it?:
Keeler's heavy drinking led to the end of his marriage with Katherine Keeler, a glamorous and accomplished woman who trained as a forensic scientist before establishing her own all-female detective agency in Chicago. Soon after doing so she left Keeler for Rene Dussaq, a Cuban-American with a degree in philosophy from the University of Geneva who at various times was a matador, polo player, Davis Cup tennis player, fencing champion and highly decorated war hero. Katherine was killed in 1944 after the plane she was flying solo across country crashed into a field in Ohio. Keeler died of a stroke caused by alcoholism four years later, aged 46. John Larson spent the rest of his career working for various penal institutions, collecting newspaper clippings about his machine [the polygraph, which Larson collaborated on with Keeler], and working on a nine thousand-page book on psychology for which he never found a publisher. He died in 1965, aged 73.
I looked for a picture of Dussaq with which to illustrate this post, and found the above ex libris. Another on the same page is below. It's weird, isn't it?