Monday, August 26, 2019

the last book I ever read (What You Have Heard Is True by Carolyn Forché, excerpt two)

from What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance by Carolyn Forché:

“I thought we had work to do. If talking like this is what you mean by work.”

“We do. The grandmother was from Czechoslovakia, right? They make high-quality weapons. The assault rifle, for example, the Vz.58, which you might mistake at first for a Soviet AK-47, but the Vz.58 has an entirely different internal design. The Czechs also make fine revolvers and machine guns, like the CZW-762, which is fed from thirty-round AK magazines.”

Well, I thought, they did say he was a champion marksman, and perhaps this accounted for his encyclopedic knowledge of firearms, but to move so quickly from prehistoric maize cultivation to poetry to weapons?

No comments:

Post a Comment