LaGuardia’s “Lesson” Forum

Not There / There

“I was not there, yet I was there” (3).

The opening line of the novel begins with a logical contradiction: if the narrator is not there, how can s/he be there. This is the kind of thing that confuses me and makes me want to get to the bottom of the story. In a way, it is like a newly created mystery. (And how does the narrator know “all the time what the verdict would be[?]” (3). Is he supernatural or cynical?)

But I am reading this voluntarily. This blog is about what you, the LaGuardia students and faculty who have this new book, think about it.

Are you reading it in a class, or are you reading it because it was given to you free?

Please leave a comment below letting us know how you like (or dislike) this book.


August 21, 2008 - Posted by | narration, reading | , , ,


  1. Personally, I hate the mat texture of the cover in my fingers, but otherwise the book pleases me.

    Comment by westernqueensland | August 21, 2008

  2. I read the book because it was free and I like to read.
    I found it quite interesting. I don’t think the narrator
    is supernatural; niether is she/he being cynical. This is my take on the quote “I was not there, yet I was there” (3). In those days, the outcome of all court proceedings black vs white was quite predictable. One did not need to
    physically be in the court room to know the verdict.

    Comment by marsha thompson | October 31, 2008

  3. Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I wish that there was less predictability in trials and criminal justice. I fear that trials (FOR THE MOST PART) confirm our preconceived notions and prejudices. I say that knowing that my “preconceived notions” are just as fallible as those of the state of Georgia.

    Comment by westernqueensland | November 1, 2008

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