The Modern Soul (Unabridged)
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The Modern Soul is more about characters than action. The story begins with the stereotype of the pompous German music professor explaining to the young English narrator why he incessantly eats cherries: ”There is nothing like cherries for producing free saliva after trombone playing, especially after Grieg's 'Ich Liebe Dich'” He's cherry eating is connected with a consuming desire for women. The two older Germans, the Professor and the German actress' mother, talk incessantly of food and soul. They agree that the English are ”fish blooded,” cold and without soul. The modern soul is posture and hypocrisy; the varieties of sexual attraction are puzzles and complexities that human beings cannot handle. Characterisation
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