live imprisoned within our own assumptions, never suspecting the
existence of any other world. But now and again, the story of struggles
in someone else's world tears us from the darkness of our own enclosure."
-Philip E. Duffy
The Head Of The Bull
And Other Short Stories
By Philip E. Duffy
x, 139 pages
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Wise and lively tales of imagination
In his newest collection of short
stories, The Head of the Bull, Philip Duffy once again
tantalizes the reader with his keen, often wry, insights into human
nature. In these wise and imaginative stories, he continues his
exploration of the subtle conflicts and epiphanies that can unexpectedly
alter the course of people's lives.
The extraordinary way in which people
can differ in their perception of the same events and the consequences
of this phenomenon is an evolving theme in Duffy's writing. In The
Head of the Bull, the reader will discover his uncanny ability
to depict circumstances and emotion of life that are universal.
from the title story, "The Head of the Bull"
"Suddenly, in one darkened room,
she was face to face with the head of a huge bull. It was a creation
of ancient Greece, the Minotaur from the island of Crete
that terrible bull which killed all the young men or women placed
into its labyrinth. The eyes of the bull were made of rock-crystal,
and its muzzle was made of shells. Margaret was fascinated, but
the vision of the bull suddenly triggered Arthur's Celtic legend
and his description of that snorting bull. It was as if the same
monster could exist in two places and follow them around wherever
they tried to escape. It all flashed before her eyes - the Greek
bull, the Celtic legend, and faces of beautiful and hateful women,
all mixed together and moving.
"She became terrified as the
lustrous eyes of the bull were fixed upon her, following her even
as she moved about. The eyes made her think that, in some way, the
beast was blaming her for some evil within herself. And worse, when
she looked past the bull there was a mirror on the wall of the museum
in which she saw her reflection - it was the face of a woman full
of hate. Margaret had finally seen her second face!"