Friday, September 26, 2014

Book Review: Whisper Of The Worms: Marcardian



Whisper Of The Worms, by Marcardian is an atypical depiction of the existence and times of a run of the mill mortal and his restrained struggle for endurance with a touching tale of the commercialized folks in an make-believe state called Marcardia, described through their mind and polity, making one reflect, chuckle, and get expressively garrotted enticed by the sugared pill, obliged by the stick.

The labyrinthine world of the bank, frustrated with its characters, the shocking backstory, the rhythms of alienating an impersonal work, is the focus of this short novel where the protagonist, is forced by the difficult economic situation to come into a world that is alien and initially hoped to reconcile the daily work with his secret aspirations.

But soon he realizes his project is bordered in the greyness of his status as an employee. The alienated repetitive work and discouraging human landscape with which he will compete, will cause him slowly, to give up any aspiration and to accept their fate meekly integrated in a perverse mechanism that will see him die in the soul and fit in an almost unconscious at a future different from what he had dreamed and hoped.

The whole story is essentially based on human reaction and emotional experience that causes a person who lives his role beginning with strangeness both for extraction and for cultural ambitions and aspirations not yet appeased, the desire for redemption, and not to surrender to mediocrity with a desire to be contradicted by reality. The awareness, however, does not express nor rejection, neither acceptance of this reality, but the opening of the mind to a size capable of going beyond, to regenerate.

The bank is the seat of hypocrisy, of immature humanity, sometimes distorted to grotesque, disappointed and resigned, hysterical and depersonalized and is the world of the salary man, inept or losers, which live escaping everyday from awareness. It is an environment dominated by aggressive, devious and ruthless violence that explodes in an unexpected gesture or a word, which is why in this later works.

The simple long story, seemingly trivial that gives title to the volume followed by 35 chapters carry realistic and grotesque images of our vices, made with irony and detachment with tale of a disheartening fact more common, servility, meanness, dullness of employees struggling with work impersonal and repetitive.

A working grey life, always equal to itself, which cancels the expectations of those who aspire to stimulating rewards professionalism in A book that will make you think in a novel written with great fit and sharp irony, that it fully recognizes the mark in its representation of a universe of squalor , of meanness, of the collapse of expectations.

The author portrays with hum or and with great acumen some of the main obsessions and the most common recurring logos of contemporary man. There is talk of marriage, of prejudice, of living together, of vices where there is no short bitter taunt to the publishing world still without a willingness to pontificate, but simply with the intelligence to be able to offer some alternative points of view, witty, funny and with a very pleasant and engaging writing.

Rightly, this book talks about the backstory of the bewildering world of the bank, of its complex and frustrated humanity. The book's protagonist, in fact, can be replaced by any new employee who joined the bank with the best intentions and are confronted with a mediocre environment with a series of tasks with low added value that hardly allow the development of a professional.

The book is rather slow and difficult to move with the message of the book is also overwhelming, that tells us that we can not hope to change their lives, and that you cannot have secret ambitions, and then gives us a picture of life as an optimistic person.

The book, however, says something true, namely, that the work can depersonalize and bind in a gloomy or sad universe, even if they are convinced that the work has never killed anyone, in what it expresses, is not that a paradigm of a condition common to many other types of work.

The story is very enjoyable to read with the author, proceeding by subtraction, has created a minimalist style and clear, that is music to the ears and the themes often drawn from the monotonous life-collar and gray tones and uniforms do not prevent a certain vitality, a taste of observation and narrative that captures.

Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 317 ♥ Published: July 2010 ♥ Publisher: Cactus ♥ ISBN13: 9788190940818 ♥ Language: English
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