Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Saucer of Loneliness

Short Story by Theodore Sturgeon

I'm going to keep this short, because the story is all in the writing and in the unknown. But if you haven't read this, do so. I strongly recommend it.

"A Saucer of Loneliness" opens with one of the most beautiful bits of poetic description, and establishes that this is a story about suicide. More specifically, about a woman who tries to kill herself and a guy who won't let her.

Sturgeon's descriptions of the sad, traumatized woman are brilliant. The story of how she is systematically crushed by the cruel stupidity of our society, media, government, and collective personal assholishness is just heartbreaking. This is one of those things that makes you cry, but ends up making you feel much happier. Most sad/uplifting stories aspire to be "A Saucer of Loneliness", but this is the best. Sturgeon is a great writer, and at top form here.

5 out of 5 sea suicides go naked.

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