Sunday September 28th 2014 Tim
One of expressions goes
something like this. "If you kill a frog in the well,
you kill the clan." There's another one too. "Two is
people, one is beast of the forest." I've been thinking
about such proverbs from when I was young, and I've
decided that in the matter of One Small Boy there will
be no proverb from a language I barely remember.
And too, whenever I read a book that has anything like a
proverb at its beginning my immediate reaction is "And Lo.
For Esau was an hairy man, but I am an smooth man." And this
follows me through the course of the story as a sort of
guiding hand to the mind that wrote the story. So there'll
be no proverb at the beginning of One Small Boy. Which is a
kind of a relief.