Then slowly, it all gets a bit odd. Surrealist elements start creeping in and I’m not quite sure what to make of it. From my recent venture into attempting to read ‘The Hearing Trumpet’, it seems that surrealist fiction doesn’t appear to be my type of thing.
Anyways, it’s pretty clear that this is a commentary on the welfare state and care of orphaned children in Colombia, but told in this kind of allegory… I think it went a bit over my head. It very much reminded me of ‘Fever Dream’, not that the stories are much alike, but more in the sense that I had a similar reading experience with both of them. Both are short, punchy, translated reads that are surreal and in some moments quite frightening, but at the roots are trying to tell you something quite important. I’m just not sure I quite ‘got’ it this time.
I think I’ll definitely benefit from a reread of this. But in the meantime, if you’ve read this, or have seen a good review around that goes into more depth, please let me know your thoughts!