The Breakdown So Far
Ryan, Kerry, Herizons
THE BREAKDOWN SO FAR
M.A. C. FARRANT
REVIEW BY KERRY RYAN
Even with your eyes open and the book firmly in your hands, you might think you're dreaming as you read The Breakdown So Far. The collection of ultra-short stories by M.A.C Farrant is a quirky hodgepodge with a distinctly other-worldly quality.
Farrant herself references this dreaminess in the story "There was a Forklift." One bird plays bingo; another, dressed in leather, reads poetry. The story, a nine-sentence series of images, ends: "Perhaps, in dreaming, something new...." This seems to be Farrant's thesis for the collection, and it makes for playful prose.
Just like dreams, the snippet stories are funny (go ahead, try not to smile at the title "Jesus Loves Me But He Can't Stand You"); mysterious (why did the budgie commit suicide?); murky (a bus station becomes a slaughterhouse; "dancing misfits" suddenly parade past a dollar store); and just plain zany (a couple become convinced their vacuum cleaner is a vampire). Dark humour threads them all together. …