Monday, May 5, 2014
Whose the main character, again?
This short story portrays an active and dynamic ecosystem to the reader through compelling detail. I felt that the bustling action of the bay, from speeding orcas to plummeting ice, was more present in this narrative than the human onlookers. The kayakers traveled through and received this environment rather passively. The actions of the environment even acted on the observers by evoking powerful emotional responses. The author even describes the systemic changes taking place in this system, which mirrors the evolution and transformation of central character. In many of the books we have read, characters undergo concrete events, like glacier calvings, that generate less evident systemic changes to their character, much like long term glacier recession. This short story feels to me like a perfect final reading for this semester because I felt while reading the short story as if I were getting in touch with the ultimate adventure narrative character, nature itself.