Monday, March 5, 2012

Day Sixty-Five: "The Rudolf Family Does Good Works" by Jakob Arjouni


The story opens with a lie. A man tells a nosy neighbor in his apartment building that a certain man who is coming and going from his unit is an "uncle" who also happens to be a German of Russian origin. That lie turns into another one when the man's wife is questioned as to whether this immigrant she is housing pays rent. With one cover up after another, this story was an entertaining look at the life of a German couple trying to keep to themselves and that because of what was a seemingly harmful untruth, they wind up spiralling into chaos and deceit.

For me this read as a fresh and unique way of showing how no lies are little nor white!! The writing was top notch!

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