Find Your Outer-Box

by alexguerrero92

Looking to have your mind blown? Have all sense in the world vanish in the blink of an eye? Well, you may end up having with a little more than you can handle with Meredith Quartermain’s
The Not Of What She Didn’t Know. This compilation of nano-fictions have an almost poetic quality to them, a sort of mystery one would expect to find in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, that sends, no, blasts its readers into a state of perplexed oblivion that would require a mental jet pack of understanding to escape. Sound scary? Not at all, if you like a challenge, or at least have the ability to visit worlds far beyond your universe of comfort. With short pieces from Hotel Narrative to My Characters, one will be guaranteed a temporary mental strain, followed by a blissful “AHA!” moment and a grand sense of accomplishment for conquering such mountains.

One of my favourite pieces, A Disagreement Over Lunch, leaves a lasting impression from simple, yet abstract imagery as a tool to illustrate a conversation between a ‘He’ and a ‘She’ character regarding architecture. Boring upper-class thing to talk about? Perhaps. Luckily for the reader, a floating blimp (described as an eggplant or football, go figure) comes into the story, propelling the message to celestial heights. Architecture: restricted only to man, or could ants have it too? I’ll give you a second to digest that. Or maybe that’s not enough time. It took me all day to somewhat figure it out, leaving me with the effect one would have after taking a difficult I.Q test. Sure, it takes a lot of thought, but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to decipher the hidden codes. Another noted piece, The Lawn Dress, ripped me to shreds mentally, and left me mystified to this very day. If anything, this piece is beyond comprehension for this student, but like me with Rubix Cubes, even failure can’t keep me away from the massive brain-twist this mini-story delivers. I just keep coming back, determined to solve the riddle, break the code, anything at all that will finally allow me to say “I did it!” and watch in amusement as others struggle with it. But for now, I am utterly lost in the forest, unable to tell whether I’m halfway across, or just wandering around in circles. There’s always Google… but that will ruin the fun. Sure, the path is treacherous, but the scenic road up ahead is always worth the effort. So before taking on this puzzle of a masterpiece, buckle up for a ride through upside-down worlds that would take a little trip outside the box to fully understand. Flex that brain muscle! Take a dive in worlds rarely visited, and pick up a copy! I recommend it to young adults and adults alike who wish to expand their horizons. Diversify your point of view, and challenge yourself with Meredith Quartermain’s The Not Of What She Didn’t Know!

500 words, exactly.

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2 Comments to “Find Your Outer-Box”

  1. Hey Alex, you did a great job of preparing the reader for what they might come across when reading Quartermain’s literature. Telling readers to “[d]iversify your point of view” is a good tip, because you definitely have to go into “The Not of What She Didn’t Know” with an open mind.

  2. Wow, certainly not a humdrum review as it’s clear you feel passionately about the work, but I felt a less colloquial style would have given your newspaper-style review much more weight

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