Tuesday, May 15, 2012

When the Nines Roll Over: And Other Stories by David Benioff (Plume Books 2004)

The midnight shift would have just started at the bottling plant back home where his older brother worked. If Leksi hadn't joined the army he would be there now, inside a warm building with dusty lead-glass windows, the overhead lights soft and yellow and steady. Maybe a conveyor belt had broken and Leski was asked to fix it; he saw himself replacing a cracked roller and then regrooving the rubber belt. A radio played softly and Leski chatted with the foreman about politics. Everyone knew everyone else; they had all grown up together. There were friends and there were enemies but everyone had their reasons. He would like Bobo, say, because Bobo was the goalie for their hockey club; he would hate Timur because Timur's wife was very beautiful and Timur wore tight Levi jeans that his brother sent him from America. That would be logical. That would be a life that made sense. And maybe at night he would dream of adventure, of sleeping in the snow with his rifle by his side, of storming hilltop houses and battling the Chechen terrorists, but it would just be a dream, and in the morning he would drink his coffee and read the newspaper and cluck sadly to learn that three more boys were killed in Chechnya.
(from 'The Devil Comes to Orekhovo')


Darren said...

pages 46-47

Anonymous said...

You heard of it?
They say it's going to be one of the greatest movies ever and that it will destroy empires in existence for centuries .
And so has a " GIROLAMO GIGLI" and that's why OLAH talks and it's not about " FUNNY" anymore.
Because it's "COTTE" UNITED NATIONS and top seven powers.
And there is someone supposedly called " HURE" who
is informing even faster than KARL ROVE because
you claim the prize, if you don't stall on something
called " THE STAL"....
And that PR- RISA now got a problem with RICE.
It's about SOUTH AMERICA and they say SEACREST.
And another thing called "CEOPPO".
And that's about ECORRIVA - VIRGINIA which is all
about AUFFE and AUSTRIA.
And AUFFE is about NEO- NAZIS, and they say it's
And the IRA- PLO run guns in TCAOF- TCCARE with
And it's all OILTE- USTECO- HTEAMEN in mob.
And then there's something in JESTOCCO who they say is JEB BUSH working with the QUEEN of
This , they say, is CHESSSLARESS and the game of
thrones is TELSAGUN.
I guess we'll have to wait for that movie,
That's what it's going to be about .
And " HYSEC".

Darren said...

Mmm, maybe I should switch comments off?