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8 X 10 Shockingly Original And Intensely Intelligent, Is A Series Of Snapshots Of A World Torn Apart By War And MigrationFearless In Form, Michael Turner S Casts Aside Traditional Narrative Structure And Characterization To Delve Deeper Into The Issues Gnawing At Today S Global Society Through A Sequence Of Possibly Intertwined Events, Turner Creates A Challenging Portrait Of Our Modern Age, Drawing Solely On The Actions Of People Rather Than Their Appearance Whether Advertising Executives Or Soldiers, Tailors Or Doctors They Fall In Love, Have Children, Fight In Wars, And Flee Their Homes In There Are No Names, No Racial Or Ethnic Characteristics, And Only A Vague Sense Of Time Turner S Characters, Familiar Yet Implacable, Are Both No One And Everyone


10 thoughts on “8 X 10

  1. says:

    This book left me confused The unique format for short stories is interesting, and I liked that none of them have locations, and besides pronouns the chaarcters remain completely built by the reader However, that didn t make up for how many of the stories went over or steiaght through by head, and the fact I HATE when dialogue doesn t have quotation mark s around it.Just not the book for me.


  2. says:

    A collection of snippets, some stories, some just descriptions without evident story arc Some characters vaguely echoed in other bits Sort of a precise impressionism.Very good The second last one had aconventional arc, with a satisfying ending Probably evensatisfying because so rare Most never arrived at the ending by the time they finished.


  3. says:

    This is not a novel for everyone The writing style, both complex and minimalist in nature, utilizes narration by an omniscient third party and informal punctuation that does not follow a linear timeline Snapshots into the lives of a multitude of people afflicted by a variety of social issues that are intertwined with the larger themes of war and migration Poverty and drug use are evident in many of the snapshots Although these are the themes and motifs, they are subtle as opposed to overpowe This is not a novel for everyone The writing style, both complex and minimalist in nature, utilizes narration by an omniscient third party and informal punctuation that does not follow a linear timeline Snapshots into the lives of a multitude of people afflicted by a variety of social issues that are intertwined with the larger themes of war and migration Poverty and drug use are evident in many of the snapshots Although these are the themes and motifs, they are subtle as opposed to overpowering in the text Characterization is void of common descriptors such as names, time, place, and race although the reader is made aware of the fact that some characters are recent immigrants Physical descriptions are limited, often existing of obvious physical identifiers such as a missing and or chipped tooth or an elaborate scar Despite the simplicity of character descriptions, gender and sexuality are relatively prominent Characters are identified as either male or female, and heterosexuality is considered normative Deviance from the norm is met a timid or disgusted demeanor, such as the woman afraid to leave her husband for her client, a female artist, or the male thief referred to as transvestite by a cop after breaking into a house and acting on the impulse to try on the dresses and undergarments of the female owner Hints within the narrative suggest a connection between the screenshots For instance, the recurrent geographical description of seven tree lined ridges winding their way down to a silver strip of water suggests a common place Recurrent behaviours among characters, such as a nonchalant attitude towards drug use or the tendency to dispose of cigarettes in cans allude to a common culture There is also a suggestion that the characters appear in a secondary role in other snapshots The time in which these people are living is difficult to determine But what I find so intriguing is that these could be glimpses into both the past or a future Bell bottom jeans, popular in the 1970s, are the trend and trains are a common form of travel Little in the way of technology is mentioned, although there is somewhat of a dystopian vibe in the presence of dilapidated buildings I enjoy literary styles that diverge from the norm, especially when done well as is the case here Even with the limited characterization, the reader can still empathize with the characters and develop an emotional attachment to them What bothered me about the novel was the lack of closure One snapshot suggests that a town becomes a casualty of war and lies wasted at the bottom of seven ridges, but this is never elaborated upon I was also conflicted by the fact that there are not 80 snapshots as the title indicates The grid appearing at the beginning of each snapshot clearly shows missing snapshots and I do not understand the significance of this In addition, this literary work is very intellectual, so intellectual in fact, that some of the meanings behind the snapshots were lost on me Particularly the eighth screenshot which features descriptions of light, tweets, and dirt bowls


  4. says:

    This book was really grim I was not able to follow any trace of meaning in it It left me with impressionsof a life without meaning or purposelife that is above all else fragmented and without cohesionlife that dwells on the microcosm because there is no sense of an overarching narrative It felt cautionarybut didn t bother giving us enough background information to let us know what exactly to be cautious about In that sense, it felt like a sort of a trick At the end I felt like This book was really grim I was not able to follow any trace of meaning in it It left me with impressionsof a life without meaning or purposelife that is above all else fragmented and without cohesionlife that dwells on the microcosm because there is no sense of an overarching narrative It felt cautionarybut didn t bother giving us enough background information to let us know what exactly to be cautious about In that sense, it felt like a sort of a trick At the end I felt like I d listened to a person set up a really long, and often vulgar scenario that seems like it just MUST be a really hilarious joke And then, no punchline And so you get this feeling like someone just got their jollies by making you listen to their vulgarity in expectation, knowing that if you knew there was no punchline to it, you would have walked away a long time ago.It kind of reminds me of back when I used to work in a porn adult novelty shop We had a DVD player and TV behind the counter, and when people wanted to turn in DVD s for store credit, we had to put the DVD in and at least skip through it some to make sure it played so we could re sell it Most men would be kind of abashed and awkward when they were turning in their DVD s because I was this girl behind the counter and they felt weird that I was about to check through their porn So usually, the guys would just kind of put the stack on the counter all covert like and browse around the store until I was done But this one regular we had would would bring in these enormous stacks of DVD s for credit, and then sit there at the counter all smug and watch me while I looked through his porn It was clearly some kind of sick power game, where he knew he was kind of forcing me to watch porn with him, and he got some satisfaction out of that Funny thing about porn stores, I suppose particularly stores that staff young women behind the counteris you get some of the regulars who act like bouncers in a way, kind of hanging out at the shop and keeping the creepers in check So once I realized what was going on, I had one of the cool guys scare the creepy guy away.Now I m not saying that book was particularly pornographicit had it s vile moments, but I get it The vileness was part of the picture that the author was paintingI guess The link here isabout that feeling I had at the end of the booklikeall I could think was That was really disturbing for no reason that I can figure


  5. says:

    I think it is best to start with the publisher s description, because if I had been handed this book without recommendation or any idea what to expect, I would have been quite confused.One thing that is odd now that I think about it, is that there were no physical descriptions of appearances I didn t even find myself wanting them What I did find myself wanting was a name or a specific trait to classify them purely to remember them by The tales are certainly not linear and to be honest, the I think it is best to start with the publisher s description, because if I had been handed this book without recommendation or any idea what to expect, I would have been quite confused.One thing that is odd now that I think about it, is that there were no physical descriptions of appearances I didn t even find myself wanting them What I did find myself wanting was a name or a specific trait to classify them purely to remember them by The tales are certainly not linear and to be honest, the themes of war and migration didn t jump out at me Although I think this is to the book s credit the themes and ideas portrayed aren t shoved down your throat by repetition The book left me with a sense of wanting to knowI felt, unfulfilled because there were a number of characters I would love to know the whole story for However, despite wanting , I think that the book was a good length and snapshot just as it was Anything lengthier in the same format and with the same narrative structure would have started to grate on my nerves I would have become frustrated that none of my questions or wants were fulfilled So yes, the story left me wantingdetails and information about the events, but it was satisfying in itself Hard to describe Read my full review on my blog


  6. says:

    This is a collection of vignettes of unnamed people s short experiences Most vignettes have some sort of subject connection to the vignette previous to them, but one is unsure if any characters recur since no one is ever named Pronouns are used throughout for characters.The reference to 8 x 10 is a grid Each vignette is introduced by a grid of this size with one square darkened Not all squares are represented, but the grid is worked top to bottom, left to right The experiences described var This is a collection of vignettes of unnamed people s short experiences Most vignettes have some sort of subject connection to the vignette previous to them, but one is unsure if any characters recur since no one is ever named Pronouns are used throughout for characters.The reference to 8 x 10 is a grid Each vignette is introduced by a grid of this size with one square darkened Not all squares are represented, but the grid is worked top to bottom, left to right The experiences described vary widely and include a variety of relationships, both intense and casual, intimate and passing I found only one that seemed outright strange.To me, the structure and parameters of the writing encouraged thought and speculation I found myself wondering whether the same character had reappeared, about whether one experience led to another, and about some characters mental health A thought provoking read


  7. says:

    Odd snapshots into the lives of unknown characters from unknown parts of the world, often dealing with war or post war time issues Sometimes overlapping, many stories share similar imagery and or characters, as obviously evidenced by the seven tree lined ridges mentioned in multiple vignettes I will not pretend to have understood most of what I was reading, but will admit that it all might have just been over my feeble minded head This would not be the first book of short stories that left Odd snapshots into the lives of unknown characters from unknown parts of the world, often dealing with war or post war time issues Sometimes overlapping, many stories share similar imagery and or characters, as obviously evidenced by the seven tree lined ridges mentioned in multiple vignettes I will not pretend to have understood most of what I was reading, but will admit that it all might have just been over my feeble minded head This would not be the first book of short stories that left me perplexed and feeling inept In any case, I think that another reading would be in order to piece together this puzzle and possibly have a better understanding for what it is Michael Turner has done


  8. says:

    I love the structure and starkness of 8 x 10 Many of the stories were moving and strongly conveyed that sense of sadness and melancholy that can be found throughout the collection I was just left a bit disappointed several times wantingout of it Not as inwords, butemotion and intrigue.


  9. says:

    I m obsessed with the patterns,the interconnectivity of the stories, and the threads that weave through each story Had to make a spreadsheet to figure it out and then still couldn t make sense of it.


  10. says:

    A series of loosely related vignettes It s a must read.