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“Humpty Dumpty was a Runner” by Janet Berliner
Card picked: Two of Spades
From: David Copperfield’s Beyond Imagination, edited by David Copperfield and Janet Berliner
Review: The year is 1996 and Jennie is a blond, fifteen year old California girl. While her heritage is Jewish, she doesn’t understand why WWII is remotely her problem. The Berlin Wall has fallen and, in her opinion, the old people should just let it go. When she travels to Germany to visit her grandmother, time seems to slip and Jennie finds herself back in 1986, looking at the Wall.
The character of Jennie really bugged me. I guess she’s supposed to, with her blithe, “Who cares? It’s not *my* problem.” But the depiction of this attitude was very heavy-handed and simply unrelenting. The character is fifteen. Fifteen-year-olds know nothing and still have a lot of time to figure things out. It was pretty obvious that there would be a turn-around in her attitude by the end of the story.
About the Author: Janet Berliner is the co-editor of these two David Copperfield anthologies. She co-writes with George Guthridge, the author of last week’s story, and was involved with Jack Kirby’s foray into long form prose from Week 8.
Is This Your Card?
A long clip of a pretty iconic bit from Penn & Teller.