A very wonderful passage from Zoran Živković’s The Five Wonders of the Danube

February 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Remember how I said my ability to read quickly was actually due to Serbian reading squirrels?  Well, this passage from The Five Wonders of the Danube made me happy:

She thought he would be right back but an enormous squirrel appeared in his place.  The prompter backed away again, although not as far as she had the first time.  She liked squirrels.  She wasn’t aware that they came this big, but why not?  Dogs came in different sizes too.

The squirrel knocked on the metal edge of the box, then picked up a book and started to read in a soft voice.  The prompter was not very surprised.  If dogs can clap, why shouldn’t squirrels read?  They weren’t any less intelligent than dogs.  On the contrary.  And they didn’t need to be trained.  They learned everything by themselves.  Just like hedgehogs.

Yet one more reason to finish reading and later review this Živković book (and others that I have yet to review), as well as one more example of why squirrels are awesome creatures that make anything in which they appear better (minus soups, recipes, hunting shows, and the like).

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