Dancing Fish

On attaching meaning where there is none:

“It was like when the music comes on at the Chinese restaurant and suddenly even the random movements of the fish in the aquarium seem choreographed, thick with meaning; then the music pauses and meaning abruptly disperses. The fish seem dumb, as do all the diners.”

From Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen

(image thanks to AquariumFish.net)

(image thanks to AquariumFish.net)

Prophet or Madman?

“If a story seems too random, or perhaps too brilliant, for a “madman” to have conceived of it himself, then consider that the “author” might be reality and the “madman” just the reader. After all, only reality can escape the limits of our imagination.”

From Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen

Claude Cahun Autoportrait no 43 1928

Autoportrait no 43. Claude Cahun. 1928

Atmospheric Disturbances

From Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen:

“I’ve always been quite logical, quite traditionally so, for example I put my least frequently worn clothing in the bottom drawer, which is the most uncomfortable to reach. […] And when I first got Rema’s number I purposefully didn’t enter it into my cell phone so as to keep myself from calling her too often. Instead I taped her number onto my refrigerator, which meant I could have lost it –it could have fallen, been swept away– but I knew the risk was an essential one and so, being rational, I took it”

Atmospheric Disturbances is a quirky love story set in New York, Buenos Aires, and Patagonia. The main character is a somewhat-mad psychiatrist who is convinced one day that his wife is not really his wife but has been replaced by an impostor who looks exactly like her. This is a touching, funny, and unusual story with many memorable lines. Plus, it has a cool cover (I know they say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but when it comes to books I have to disagree!).

So if you’re looking for a fun and unusual read (or a great V-Day present) pop down to your local bookshop and pick up a copy :)