Virtualitch, 2002 Enjoyed
Marika thinks there is a devil
and she adds more garlic. She doesn't wish to poison her husband
Adolpho you know. His mother keeps calling. Marika opts against
using Kiwi to make him confess. She really doesn't want him to
confess. Adolpho has learned not to grumble about Marika's cooking.
Of course the octopus he orders in restaurants really doesn't
look like what Marika put into the pasta. She said it was octopus,
he called it rat's tails. Couldn't be, could it?
At last Adolpho is home all day,
everyday and Marika thinks it wonderful despite the fact that
she only sees him for meals. It is a wonderful vacation for Marika
to know exactly where he is. Her mother comes to help with the
party Marika plans. Adolpho leads Marika in the first dance of
the evening. Pelle, Tito and the chicken is an amusing portion.
And, so it goes on to the last lines of the poem.
Writer Fairbrother has taken
an interesting concept, put it to use and in Marika's Cooking
has produced a credible work in his 'novel in a poem.' I like
it. The tale is told in the poetry as Marika cooks her way into
and out of the upsets of life she faces. When approached to review
a poem of thousands of lines I had wondered how or even if the
writer might carry out the narrative in such fashion and am pleased
to find that he has done a more than adequate job.
Marika's Cooking is a fresh and
novel method to story telling, or perhaps Fairbrother seeks to
return us to a technique used by the masters of old. Either way
the book is an easy read from start to finish. The reader is
caught up in the tale from the opening as Marika gets out that
garlic to use. The reader hardly has time to consider the garlic
before being sent on a fast paced romp through the poem right
on to the last stanza. The various characters waft in and out
of the verse composition, the scents of the cooking are nearly
tangible and on the whole Marika's Cooking is a very satisfying