By James Gould Cozzens
An unspecified disaster has overtaken big apple. Mr. Lecky, the only survivor, unearths himself in a very good division shop which has additionally escaped destruction. this is every little thing a person may wish, not just to help life yet to manage to pay for luxurious and luxury. yet now not fairly every thing. because the tale unfolds with scary rapidity, it turns into transparent that Mr. Cozzens has developed a latest parable of the story of Robinson Crusoe, one with strong implication—philosophical, mental, mystical—for the survival of contemporary guy. "Whatever the belief at which the reader arrives, what's past doubt is that the ebook is an engaging and exclusive piece of work."—London instances Literary complement. "Mr. Cozzens isn't any suggest artist in prose, and he has unique rules. He works additionally with admirable economic system of suggest, and with real looking element that rivets the imagination."—Saturday evaluation. "No person who has ever learn a unique of his has forgotten it."—Bernard De Voto.
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For the past few days, she had been rewriting her journal. It was the only way she had of sorting out her feelings. The habit of keeping a record of events in her life had started while she was still in school, and for years she had written a paragraph or two at the end of each day. After Jack kissed her, she’d gone back to the daily journal she’d kept through those painful months before her divorce. What amazed her was the lack of emotion in those brief entries. It was as if she had jotted down the details of a police report.
She explained what had happened with the office elevator, and Jack was appropriately sympathetic. Dinner started with hot and sour soup, followed by pot stickers in hot oil. Jack did the ordering, insisting she try Szechuan chicken, prawns with chili sauce, and hot pepper beef. Every now and again he’d look at her to be sure she approved of his choices. “We’ll never eat all that,” she insisted, leaning toward him until her stomach was pressed against the side of the linen-covered table. “I know,” he said, unconcerned.
You’ve gotten to be a cynic. ” “Nonsense,” was Lacey’s immediate reply. ” Lacey didn’t sleep well that night. It was little wonder, in light of how her day had gone. The unpleasant run-in with her neighbor continued to plague her. Jack was easygoing and friendly, the kind of man who put people at ease. Not her, though. Lacey’s defenses went up whenever he was around her. As luck would have it, they met in the hallway on their way to work the following morning. “Off to the coal mines, I see,” he said amicably as they made their way to the elevator.
Castaway by James Gould Cozzens