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Memories of the Flying Ball Bike Shop
Garry Kilworth
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Garry Kilworth
Garry Kilworth has now been writing novels and short stories for 35 years and is as close to seven million words in print as he is into his seventh decade. While he enjoys writing novels, and dabbles with poetry, his paramount passion is the short story, which he rips from his brain and burns onto the page. A great deal of his inspiration for the tales he writes comes from traveling, especially in the Far East, where he spent much of his youth and a few years of his later life. His recent book, Scarlet Sash (Severn House), is a military crime novel set during the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879. He is currently planning a volume of poems, half of them written by himself, and half written by the late Robert Holdstock. The shared collection will be entitled Poems, Peoms and other Atrocities, scheduled for publication from PS's Stanza Press imprint.

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A review by Stephen M. Davis

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Memories of the Flying Ball Bike Shop Sean can't understand why his boss, John Chang, has an unreasoning hatred for him, a red-headed gweilo who has come to work for a Hong Kong newspaper as part of what appears to be a gentle descent into mediocrity and self-recrimination over a disintegrated relationship with a woman he now loves and hates in equal measure.

Sean, though, begins a very Eastern-flavored process of enlightenment when he encounters an old man smoking an "enemy" pipe -- a pipe that allows the smoker to know his enemy. And Sean does indeed come to know John Chang, whose name he writes on a slip of paper before shredding it into the pipe's bowl, including vivid memories of sexual encounters and food preferences.

A very refreshing aspect of this short story is that it is not a standard tale of revenge, as much as Sean may have assumed that was the path he was following at the beginning. Instead, we get an ending of reconciliation between the narrator and his boss, rather than what could easily have been a corny, vengeful conclusion, or a typical "twist" ending with some bloody coda striking Sean down.

Copyright © 2012 Stephen M. Davis

Steve Davis is a Visiting Professor of English with Devry University.


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