Painted Ocean, Painted Ship by Rebecca Makkai Online

Painted Ocean, Painted Ship
Title : Painted Ocean, Painted Ship
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Language : English
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Number of Pages : 25

This humorous, deceptive story, loosely descended from Coleridge’s most famous poem, follows an unreliable English professor as a single compound error (mistaking a bird, then a student) births another and another, eventually threatening her potential marriage, job, and fate. The best part, however, is the turn at the very end, which reveals the entire story to perhaps havThis humorous, deceptive story, loosely descended from Coleridge’s most famous poem, follows an unreliable English professor as a single compound error (mistaking a bird, then a student) births another and another, eventually threatening her potential marriage, job, and fate. The best part, however, is the turn at the very end, which reveals the entire story to perhaps have been something different all along, a sneakily stunning mediation on the limits of self-awareness, guilt, and penance. Originally published in Ploughshares, curious readers can find it in the pages of the Best American Short Stories 2010 anthology.


Painted Ocean, Painted Ship Reviews

  • Prakash

    A beautiful story, perhaps a bit too deep for my reading level (:P), hope to revisit again one day when I'm wiser.