Save as Many as You Ruin

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Save as Many as You Ruin by Simon Van Booy.

It is a shorts story from 2007. It jumps a lot between present and past tense, which makes the story more exiting for the reader, it also starts in medias res.

The story is about Gerard who lives in Manhattan. Gerard want’s to stand out from the crowd, like when he wonders about his life is extraordinary (line 9). Or when he sees the mannequins who are still (line 28-30). Is maybe because he is afraid of ending up like them, still and boring, and not feel anything, like he does with his women. Gerard has an 8-year-old daughter, which he loves a lot. He do not let other women in that Lucy and Laurel, who is the only woman he ever loved, but when she got to close, he still found something else to ruin it, like Issy, who is Lucy’s mother. He cheated on Laurel with Issy.

Gerard mood get shown by the weather when he is thinking about Lucy, she is always warm, and when he is thinking about his life, and all the women there is snow, and when he gets Laurel again, there is candles in her apartment and when he sees her, he says the memories spill over him like a faucet left running (line 62.) like the snow is melting, like his cold and snowy heart. Issy was like fire to him, and he burns himself when he ruins his relationship whit Laurel, it is also why she is killed in a pool, because water kills fire.

The Title which is “Save as Many as You Ruin”, maybe means that he saved Lucy, when he ruined his relationship with Laurel, so when he left the love in his life, he got a new one, who is Lucy. And Issy is the one who ruins Laurel and Gerard’s relationship, and she also ruin Lucy when she leaves her, but Gerard saves her, by being there for him, so he saves her instead of Laurel.

The theme in the story is love, how hard it is for Gerard to let somebody in to his life, and let them love him. It is like he is afraid…...

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