Night Train to Xenia

Who is being fooled in these stories?  Such is the theme in this book.  In Waiting for the Bus, who is fooling whom?   In the Night Train to Xenia, the characters and story weave and waver in and out of each other. Who is really telling these stories? Do stories write themselves as authors sometimes say?
In The Magician, the Magus is tortured by his assistants–all to amuse his audience. The audience is repelled and fascinated, but does the Magus have a deeper game?
In Conditions of Heat and Crime in River City, a detective works on tracking Angela’s killer, but is she really dead?
Alberto, in Reading Alberto, writes that if a man is looking for a mistress, he must find a fantasy.  He must fool himself, but is his wife on to him?
In The Pantacle, Marcus runs into Val, an old friend.  It seems that Marcus stole Val’s girlfriend years ago when both were students, but has time healed old wounds?   These stories play tricks on our understanding of plot and character and enrich the story by doing so.

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