Save as many as you ruin
Simon Van Booy
One thing we all have in common is that we make mistakes and regret them. That is what happened to Gerard when he met the only woman he had ever loved after eight years apart. But sometimes the mistakes we make, end up turning around and by a religious experience, faith gives us a second chance.
The magic, realism short story‘ Save as many as you ruin’ by Simon Van Booy starts with in medias res composition. ”By the time Gerard leaves the office it has stopped snowing”.1 Afterwards the short story continues in a chronological order, but Simon Van Booy uses flashbacks, dialog and direct speech to show the audience of the short story, specific events of Gerard’s past. The narrator of the short story is a third person narrator, writing in present tense. The story time is one day and it takes place in Miami. It starts when Gerard leaves his job and ends when he is sitting in his study room, looking out the window wondering about his life, when he suddenly feels as it says in the short story. “a chill like cold water down his back”.2 After thinking about his different times with Issy and Laurel.
According to the short story, Issy and Laurel are two out of the four momentous women in his life whose names are Indra, Lucy, Issy and Laurel. Gerard is the protagonist of the short story and Issy is the antagonist. Issy has given birth to his beloved daughter Lucy, who is the most important person in his life. Issy was never a woman Gerard loved.” Gerard loved one woman once, but not Lucy’s mother”.3 The women Gerard loved was Laurel. They were dating for a few months but Gerard ruined it by cheating on Laurel with Issy. Gerard is a very static but also round character. We have seen his type of figure before.” Gerard is handsome. He has slept with many women. Most knew he would never love them”. 4, But at the same time he is different. He is very philosophic.” He recalls Rike; what is ours floats into the air, like steam...
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