Wednesday, August 20, 2014

More Strange Metaphors in Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

I keep finding more and more bewildering metaphors in Dianne Gray's Let Sleeping Dogs Lie.

There's one that says, Large eyes like grapes in cracked stone.

When are grapes in cracked stone?

What does that mean?

I will say that though I eat grapes, I don't know a lot about the grape-growing industry. Maybe it's like grape vines crawling up a wall?

Here's another. She negotiated the stairs quickly with her match-thin legs, opened her arms like burnt chicken wings as if she were going to embrace him.....

I guess maybe I understand the chicken wing part, but why do they need to be burnt? Maybe Gray just thought the burnt wings would fit well with the matches?

I like the imagery in this next metaphor, but I don't think it succeeds in describing what it's trying to describe. ...Christian's odd wife whose incessant giggle sounded like ice cubes dropping into an empty glass.  I can totally hear the ice cubes. But I can't imagine anyone laughing like that. I mean I've never heard of a laugh that sounds that way.

Oh, and we return to to that particular metaphor. On the next page, it says, Gillian laughed another ten ice cubes.

One person's laugh is like ice cubes. Now there's another whose snarl is like a fruit. Christian's snarl hung on his face for several seconds like split passionfruit. Why passionfruit? Why not a guava? Or a clementine?