A Bit on the Side by William Trevor

By William Trevor

William Trevor is really a Chekhov for our age, and a brand new number of tales from him is usually a reason for get together. In those twelve tales, a waiter divulges a surprising lifetime of crime to his ex-wife; a lady repeats the tale of her parents’ volatile marriage after a terrible tragedy; a schoolgirl regrets gossiping concerning the cuckolded guy who tutors her; and, within the volume’s identify tale, a middle-aged accountant deals his purposes for finishing a love affair. on the center of this wonderful assortment is Trevor’s attribute tenderness and unflinching eye for either the humanizing and dehumanizing elements of recent city and rural lifestyles.

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Ring when you’re ready,” Misha-non-penguin said, handing him his card. 15 The first snow was falling. Viktor was reading, over coffee, what Misha-non-penguin had brought a couple of days before: files on the Deputy Head of the Taxation Service and the Manageress of The Carpathians. The lives of this pair were garish enough to make quite exceptional obelisks. With characters like them – anti-heroes of the first water – a thriller would write itself! Except that novel-writing called for unlimited free time, which Viktor didn’t have.

He demanded, with only a trace of military insistence. ” Special Task Militia waved him on. He walked the length of a bar at which customers of criminal aspect were drinking beer. The bald-headed barman smiled wryly, catching his eye, as if to say, Just keep going, don’t look back! Drawn by bright lights ahead, Viktor quickened his step, and came upon a small stage in a semi-circle of little tables on two levels, one half a metre higher than the other. He ordered orange juice and a can of beer at the bar.

Sergey asked, speaking to himself. Oblivious to events 50 metres away, Viktor was sipping his cognac and considering how each new day brought to one’s life something new, totally unplanned for. A time would come when it would be trouble of some sort, perhaps even death. ” shouted Sergey, clapping him on the shoulder. Returning to the here and now, Viktor looked first at Sergey, then, following his gaze, saw Misha approaching from the direction of the island. ” asked Sergey in amazement. Misha came to a halt at the edge of their quilt.

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