THE 92-YEAR-OLD LADY WHO MADE ME STEAL A DEAD MAN’S CAR by Fred Schäfer

516Q-LziFBL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Ya gotta love a book whose main literary characters are, um, literary characters.

A guy, (our main protagonist) is crossing an intersection on foot, when….. well, let HIM tell you:

the old lady and I stepped onto the pedestrian crossing.  The pedestrian light had been on green and changed to red shortly after we had left the safety of the footpath.  After I reached the other side of the street, the traffic lights for the cars changed.  A moment later I heard the aggressive sound of a horn and the abusive voice of a male.

He turned to see her standing in front of the car with the horn-blowing, yelling guy, while the traffic raced past them on both sides. Then…

the old lady walked a few steps towards the car and smashed one of the car’s front lights with her walking stick. …..I saw the angry young man getting out of his car.  He was yelling and swearing and gesticulating.  The idiot stepped out of his car right in front of a passing truck.  The truck hit him and the angry an was thrown forward in a sidewise direction.  He hit the ground and didn’t move.  He was dead, instantly.

He runs out to help the old lady, she gets into the passenger side of the car, its engine still running, and at her insistence, he gets into the driver’s side behind the wheel, and off they go.

It only gets more surreal from here on.  She invites him to her spacious, wealthy apartment, offers him a room, and that is where he meets the um literary characters.  He is a writer, and she has brought him there for a purpose.  The literary characters have walked out of the books they inhabit in her library.  And they all have a problem.  They are all dissatisfied with the endings of their books, or how their story was told, and want to change it.

Oh, gee, what a fun story.   Just enough glimpse of plausible to keep you reading.  Well, plausible that is if you believe that literary characters can take on a real life, have sex with real people, get arrested, spend time in jail, become lawyers, have a lot of money, and just generally get on with life….. in our life, that is.

So do they change the books?  Do they live happily ever after?  And is this another example of quantum fiction?  I vote no on the last question, because nowhere in any of the quantum theory stuff do I see any suggestion of imaginary characters becoming part of our reality.  But let me go reread Heisenberg, because I am uncertain on how to categorize this book:  paranormal?  Not exactly.  Fantasy?  Hmmm, maybe.   Alternate reality?  Not really.  Literary fiction?  Possibly.

Let’s see — what literary character would I like to meet in Real Life?  Lady Chatterly’s lover?  Yeah, sure.  The lover, not Lady Chatterly.

 

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2 comments on “THE 92-YEAR-OLD LADY WHO MADE ME STEAL A DEAD MAN’S CAR by Fred Schäfer

  1. Hmmm, sounds weird enough. Can’t say much more really except, oh my Marti, you read a wide variety of books, and a heck of a lot of them too.

    Love reading your crits, delicious.

  2. The tile alone makes me want to read this. LOL!! I’m definitely adding it to my to-read list on Goodreads. 🙂

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