Sunday, January 30, 2022

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

from The King by Donald Barthelme:

“Well,” said Arthur, “the field is ours, that’s the main thing.”

“At great cost,” said Launcelot. “I counted the dead, just an estimate, of course. They seemed as many as the birds of the air.”

“The scavengers have made a pile of the swords of the fallen,” said Sir Kay. “It reaches as high as seven refrigerators stacked one atop another.”

“Seven stacked refrigerators,” said Arthur. “You figure has a distressing modernity to it.”

“Can’t be helped. Swords hammered into refrigerators, refrigerators hammered into swords—it’s the currency of today.”

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