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This is a nonstory of a man who cannot extract a purpose from the events he narrates and thus inject meaning into his words. Here is a beginning without an end.
Chapter 1, This is not a story
This is not a story.
A story has a beginning, a point at which a plot is born, sometimes quite messily and sometimes in a rather sterile fashion, and starts on the often tortuous, seldom straightforward path of a maturing process. A story also has an end. This word bears two meanings of unequal significance: the conclusion of the plot, and a purpose. The former is quite simple; the plot concludes when the words on the page are no more. The latter, on the other hand, is the essence of a story. Purpose is the lifeblood that pulses through every word, no matter how short or trivial. A story has a reason to be told. Without an end in this sense, it is a lifeless pile of words.
This is not a story, though the man who narrates it would like to think that it is, because of the crucial thing it lacks. It may have a beginning and an end in the first sense of the word, but it has no reason to come alive.
This is a long, largely mundane, often incoherent, at times sordid compilation of sentences detailing a man’s life. Try as he might, he cannot extract a purpose from the events he narrates and thus inject meaning into his words. The reader may be more successful at that; to each his own.
On the next page is a beginning without an end.
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