Kategorija: Forest of beeches

‘I’ll Be Home Just After Christmas: Stories from Four Years Around the World on a Bicycle’

Imagine an old stub. Static and boring. Penetrating it’s roots deeply in the ground under it even though the process of absorbing had allready finished. And imagine a bird, a butterfly, a fly, a mosquito, doesn’t matter. Imagine a flying dynamic creature that quickly flies in front of stub’s nose. The encounter with this inert peace of wood is only one single moment in his day full of experiences.
It happened so that I am that stub and Matthew Blake, who had traveled around the world with a bike and had written a book about it, is that flying object. That is why it is natural that my numb mind ate the book ‘I’ll Be Home Just After Christmas: Stories From Four Years Around The World On A Bicycle’ with greediness.
It is not very original to travel around the world these days and only very charismatic travelers, clowns, or those who travel with fridges attract attention. Although Matthew hadn’t brought clown’s nose in his bag and he could be described as an ordinary guy, but it is interesting to follow that moving dot on the map in your mind. The book is also interesting because Blake didn’t stint even very intimate details for his story and was not keeping ‘where I was and what I saw’ style, he was trying to analyse himself in certain situations. The book doesn’t create an illusion that traveling around the world is an amazing adventure and a pile of great photos. It is also boredom, irksom people and exhaustion.

After I’d pushed my frozen feet into my frozen shoes and it had taken an hour and a half to get the tent down, the cold finally got the better of me when, back by the side of the road, I tried to boil a cup of tea only to find both my cigarette lighters refusing to work. The rational response would have been to get on the bike and carry on to somewhere warm. Instead I was far more primal; I smashed the cigarette lighter into tiny little pieces and then stood in the middle of the road, shouting at the top of my voice to the desert mountains:

Matthew underlines that he hadn’t done anything special, he thinks that everyone could travel around the world. Yes, it is easy to say, but try to tear up yourself by the roots.

(c) Fabula Saulė, 2016.
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‘Gone With The Wind’, Or Ran Away From The Book

Today Scarlett and Rhett should come. We have arranged for an interview. I am a little bit tensed. They are so self-confident… especially Rhett. Maybe I should skip some of the questons… (A doorbell) They are here.

(Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler appeared at the door)

I: Scarlett ,dear, you look great. Hi, Rhett.
Scarlett: You know, it is raining outside, a real slush. You said I look good? Still, where is your mirror?
I: In the bedroom, here… Rhett, have a seat, I am preparing tea, would you like some biscuits?
Rhett: I will try them, thanks.
I: Scarlett will probably need some time. Don’t you mind, if I ask the questions that I am prepared? You promised me to tell about new species of roses, but let’s leave it for dessert.
Rhett: Ok (bites off a biscuit).

(I turn on the dictaphone)

I: So, ‘Gone With The Wind’. What is this novel about?
Rhett: It is about Scarlett trying to sweat me as much as she can.
I: And does she suceed?
Rhett: In the firts part of the novel she doesn’t, but in the second, well, she levels me to the ground.
I: There are meny interesting personalities in the novel. Which of them you like the most?
Rhett: You say interesting personalities… Hm… But there are only ninnies. Egoists like Scarlett or weaklings like Ashley. There is only one person worth attention and respect – it is Melanie. The whole novel could have been only about her. The rest is rubbish…
I: What about the war?
Rhett: The war (chews a biscuit). This war was predetermined at the very beginning. What was the point in starting it? Yankees were better equipped than we… All we had was cotton, slaves and arrogance. On the whole, war is fools’ idea. Luckily I have made quite a fortune from it.

(Scarlett returns)

Rhett: Do you have more biscuits? They are good.
I: Gosh, they are still in the oven, I forgot them.
Rhet: I will take a look.

(Rhett goes to the kitchen)

I: (appealing to Scarlett). The dictaphone is already on, so I attack you with questions straightly. I asked Rhett, so I ask you the same question: the book ‘Gone With The Wind’, what is it about?
Scarlett: Rhett has probably said, that it is about him (laughing). The book is about me befalled by many difficulties of life. At first that story with Ashley, then the war, poverty. But I overcome all the difficulties, even more, while everyone was sobbing, I restored Tara, created sawmill, and all those things done in Ireland… Well, in general it is a novel about strong woman that is reaching her aims. And, of course, it is a story about me and Rhett…
 I: The first two parts of the story were written by Margaret Mitchell, third and fourth – by Alexandra Ripley. It is quite unusual situation. Don’t you feel dual due to this reason?
Scarlett: No way. It is good to have one mother, but to have two mothers – it is great. They are both equaly dear to me, they both understand me well. 
I: You talked about difficulties of life. What positive events have remained in your memory?
Scarlett: One of the best  – acquaintance with my irish relatives. They are cool. Sometimes we were dancing and singing till the morning. I appreaciate those moments. What else… You know, I somehow don’t dare to tell more, maybe someone hasn’t read the book yet…
I: I understand.

(Rhett is comming back from the kitchen with biscuits and some other dishes)

I: Wow, it smells good. Maybe it is enough of questions.

(I turn off the dictaphone)

I: So what about those roses, Rhett?..

(c) Fabula Saulė, 2016.
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