Sunday, 21 April 2013

Short Story Reads: The Lighthouse Keeper Of Aspinwall by Henryk Sienkiewicz

I do not know what to say about the love for the country. To love trees, waterfalls and an evening breeze seem more meaningful. In comparison, the whole idea of patriotism seems manufactured. The way armies man borders and war makes killing acceptable and dying heroic, only proves that human beings are still possessed by a fierce territorial blindness.These thoughts surge in the wake of a poignant story I have just finished reading. It concerns an old man, his life of misfortune, a search for quietness, the sea's vastness and the faraway smell of the homeland.

The Lighthouse Keeper of Aspinwall (1881) is a story originally written in Polish and tells of another kind of longing, a desire associated with geography, culture, people, and land. Draped with the completeness and girth of a short story, its atmosphere matches a novel for its verbosity and reflection. Here is the link to The Lighthouse Keeper of Aspinwall. Happy reading!

(Review by Snehith Kumbla)

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