Just Finished: Batholomew Gill, McGarr and the Method of Descartes(1984)

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Francis A. Miniter, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. In the Prologue, set in Belfast, 1971, as the Troubles are
    coming to a boil, a Roman Catholic man working in London and
    home to visit his mother, is seized by the British military,
    held without charges, and tortured. He is subjected to
    sleep deprivation, bright lights, non-stop sounds of people
    screaming, being stripped naked and kept in cold rooms,
    being forced to maintain extremely uncomfortable positions
    for very long periods of time, and similar methods believed
    by the British military to cause people to break and tell
    all. In short, Gill anticipated the methods used by the
    Americans in Iraq and Guantanamo.

    But what Gill says, and this is consistent with the studies
    of scientists on the issue, is that such torture impairs
    memory. Gill has his character barely able to remember who
    he is after a few days, let alone when he lived where. Not
    that the character had anything to tell them; they picked
    him up because he once lived on the same block, though not
    at the same time, as a man named Sean, whom they believed to
    be a terrorist.

    He is eventually released. And, not surprisingly, he
    becomes a terrorist.

    Good plot. The only thing I didn't like was the somewhat
    alternative reality ending.

    Francis A. Miniter

    libros, laminas, llaves
    siguen mi suerte.

    Jorge Luis Borges, La Cifra Haiku, 6
    Francis A. Miniter, Nov 4, 2009
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