Every Short Story – ‘The Problem’

‘The Problem’ is a slight, humorous story in which Gray joins that long list of writers who have personified the sun. In this particular story she is an ageing, insecure woman who worries about her spots:

“Why can’t I have a perfect heavenly body like when I was younger? I haven’t changed. I’m still the same as I was then.”

There’s little more to the story than that, though it does contain a particularly amusing moment when the narrator attempts to reassure the sun by pointing out that, “the moon has spots all over her and nobody finds those unattractive,” only to be greeted with:

“You’ve just admitted seeing other planets when my back is turned.”

It does highlight, however, the way in which people’s own insecurities can damage their relationships with others.

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2 Responses to “Every Short Story – ‘The Problem’”

  1. nullimmortalis Says:

    My on-going Gestalt Real-Time Review of EVERY SHORT STORY (1951-2012) by Alasdair Gray:
    http://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/every-short-story-1951-2012-by-alasdair-gray/
    Yours sincerely,
    DF Lewis

    • 1streading Says:

      This looks really interesting – I’ll certainly follow it. I had intended to read through every story but somehow got stuck! You’ve spurred me on to start again.

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