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    Dangerous Laughter - The Tower

              The book Dangerous Laughter is a complication of thirteen short stories by Steven Millhauser.   Four of the most extraordinarily imaginative short stories contained in the book are:  Cat N’ Mouse, The Dome, In the Reign of Harad IV, and The Tower.  Scanned below is The Tower, which runs neck and neck with Saki’s The Interlopers as the best short story I’ve ever read.   Like many of his stories, it contains no dialogue or main characters, but is a captivating depiction of the gradual evolution of a structure. Millhauser’s prose is perfect – not a word goes to waste – and the concepts outlined in his Impossible Architectures section ease reader into a realm of beauty and magic.   Try not to die without reading these stories.  (Right-click on the images to view them in full.)


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