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Describing the invisible
I used to love the stories in kids’ comics that pretended our bodies had all kinds of little people running around inside us, making everything work—swiveling our eyes, applying levers to move our fingers, loading food into a big furnace to digest it. Replace the idea of ‘little people’ with something like ‘proteins’ and the picture’s even half-true.
There’s a lot about us we don’t see. Our bodies are on view, of course (sometimes we wish they weren’t!) and we spend huge amounts of time and money looking at them in mirrors, hanging clothes on them, applying chemicals to them, snipping or shaving the bits the grow, firming up the bits that sag.
What about the inner person – the soul, if you like. What are we like inside? If we could picture the soul, what would it look like? Can people have beautiful souls and ugly bodies? Or ugly souls in beautiful bodies? Can we be short, fat, middle-aged and bald on the outside (I answer, yes we can); but young, lithe and blossoming on the inside? It’d be nice.
In my book Paradise – a divine comedy, I wanted to do two things: visualize these invisible souls, and watch how they changed. I wanted to do use comedy, because I think that sometimes the big themes are best treated with a light touch. So my two protagonists meet in a near-fatal car crash; their spirits eject into the heavens; they are captured by evil spirits; and as they try to escape, they come to meet with their own souls.
Partly the book is about big themes: why do we, at the same time, both crave intimacy and fear it? How do we change? How do we learn to love?
But mostly it’s about the fun of picturing the frantic and hidden activity that goes on underneath the smooth exteriors of our lives.
Glenn Myers has been writing full-time since landing a journalist job after leaving college in 1983. He has published non-fiction with various publishers, in between having a home on four different continents. He is a winner of a national short fiction competition in the UK, where he is no based, and he had a series of short stories broadcast on the BBC. He has a wife, two adult children, a mortgage and a dog. You can follow him on facebook, via Twitter (@glenn_myers) or at www.fizz-books.com and http://www.glennmyers.info.
The problems were piling up.
My favourite Afghan restaurant had closed down. My girlfriend had left me. My sister Lizzie’s car, which I’d borrowed, proved useless in a high-speed collision with a suicidal lawyer called Keziah.
And Keziah and I didn’t even die properly.
Paradise turned out to be a cage in the afterlife where all the hidden stuff in our lives was visible, and where we were being experimented on by evil spirits on a career re-launch.
Escaping would be a good idea—preferably before Keziah and I had to start being fruitful and multiplying up there. A snake with a personality disorder told us the way out, but this meant facing the scariest enemy of all.
Because wherever you are, the biggest problem is yourself.
Paradise — a divine comedy is a disorderly romp through death, life, Afghan food and redemption.