Wednesday, January 26, 2022

the last book I ever read (The King by Donald Barthelme, excerpt three)

from The King by Donald Barthelme:

“Your father was King Ban of Benwick.”

“How did you know that?

“The whole world knows,” said Sir Roger. “I ask you to consider the implications of the name ‘Ban.’”

“I have,” said Launcelot. “The name was on the mark. He was a good man and a good king, but proscriptive in the extreme. He liked to forbid things. This was forbidden, that was forbidden, the other was forbidden. Wake up in the morning and you’d find that three new things had been forbidden. Not the jolliest place in the world, Benwick.”

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