The Distant Sound of Violence by Jason Greensides

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The Distant Sound of Violence

Review of The Distant Sound of Violence

by Paul Xylinides

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Philosophic and Marathon-Paced

“… a tale that she
Told of a harsh reproof, or trivial event
That changed some childish day to tragedy”

(William Butler Yeats, “Among School Children”)

When the logic of a narrative remains hidden, the reader must have faith in its ring of truth and allow its compulsions to lead one to what is embedded and finally realized. An explanation soon comes for the opening line — “You can’t change the size of fire.” — in Jason Greensides’s marathon-paced novel The Distant Sound of Violence. Apparently the renderings of explosion and fire in early films could not for technical reasons match the true proportions of the depicted catastrophe. Equally, in life, how can a scream, an inexplicable loss, a singular act of violence of whatever kind do justice to what is actually taking place? Can the horrific sound…

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