Chad Schimke

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

SHORT STORY REVIEW THE EVOLUTION OF KNOWLEDGE SHORT STORY REVIEW

SHORT STORY REVIEW THE EVOLUTION OF KNOWLEDGE SHORT STORY REVIEW - In New York, two foreign men (Italian and German) share either side of a wall, living in an apartment building, with their families. On weekend mornings, the children run and bounce balls, which disturb the neighbor, setting in motion a series of interactions. There are negotiations, compromises, agreements and violations which are discussed--in public and private--amongst each other, as well as with their friends. In the big-picture, The Evolution of Knowledge by Niccolo Tucci is a statement on Fascism, changing morays, discipline of children and post-World War II renewal. In the small-picture, the short story is framed within the context of an ordinary dispute between neighbors that is told with charm and simplicity. In either sense, it draws upon the fact that good fences make good neighbors. In that light, I am reminded of Frost’s poem: ‘Mending Wall’. 

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