Monday, April 14, 2014

Campus to Coast - 2014 the untold stories

Team Kruger - L to R: George, Lauren, Mark R, Stacy, Michael, Sandy, Ben, Mike, back row - Jack, kneeling Mark P.
As we wait in anticipation for the untold stories to seep from the bilges, and lack of any real information, the untethered introduction is left to me.  I apologized in advance if references to the literary classic Moby Dick, coincidence - maybe. Our story is "Doty's Chick". (working title) - It appears putting a paddle in Stacy's hands, you got your self a story!!
Now this would be admired as a masterpiece of American literature and considered one of the greatest stories of all time, - but it's not; "Doty's Chick" met with unfavorable reviews, and its author a rum guzzling, Oreo eating self proclaimed poet, was subsequently unable to make a living as a paddler; so he does this, tortures it readers with silly musings of fictitious lore.

Ostensibly the story of a C2C voyage is seen through the eyes of "Doty's Chick", the stories' narrator, and the account of the pursuit of a White Kruger Cruiser (wicked fast), the story is concerned with many of the issues which dominated spring paddling on the Grand River. The relationship between the land and the river echoes the conflict between adventure and domesticity, between college student and the working man.

The C2C event, highly symbolic, tightly packed with philosophical musings, and interspersed with goading questions, the story put off many of its early readers with what was seen as a rejection of basic storytelling principles. Each time some form of narrative tension is established, the author appears to launch off into obscure ramblings. (imagine that) They are only arcane, of course, when the reader does not perceive the hidden meanings within these passages; modern audiences have the advantage of being more receptive to disjointed narrative techniques. As for the stories' subtexts, only a few of these require sophisticated knowledge of paddling; the majority concern the big and immutable questions of life... "to paddle or not to paddle, that is the question"

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1 comment:

WindwardMark said...

Spectacular! Melville would be proud. The symbolism is indeed thick.