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The Devil in the Details is a shrewdly interesting short story. I super like the finale— not the typical ending—more like my kind of ending. I suddenly miss my college days.

Every paragraph of it is informative and full of side trips. You can Google the German words so you’ll understand their meaning. The passports, how the Europeans write the date, the seating rules—they are quite educational to me. I don’t have a passport yet and I have never been inside a plane. The details—from document scrutiny to encoding to the wanderings and to his hair color genealogy—all narrated in a somewhat objective manner. His side trips which he calls ‘wanderings’ are threads on the loom, each as essential as every other thread for the weaving of the story’s big picture.

One paragraph sparked in my mind the moment I read it. It made me wonder why he had to say such.

An itch in my groin bothered me. I pushed the irritation away from the forefront of my consciousness and concentrated on the task at hand. Had I missed anything? Was there something not quite right? I was glad Cherilyn was a very poised young lady. I had been nonchalant, and so had she. I had never seen her before. She had never seen me before. I was just the guy at the counter and she was just another passenger…

I chose this particular short story because of its setting. Since the challenge focuses on the country’s own brilliant writers, why not start with the nearest?  It will be an honor to meet Carlos Cortés one of these days. Facebook, then?

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