Delira | Hitomi Kanehara | Literary Roadhouse Ep 59
Discussion Notes: Delira
Next week’s story is Queenie by Alice Munro
Rated: Dirty!!!! Adult Themes & Language
So, we don’t read these stories in advance and this week we were a little surprised. Upon starting the story… this happened.
Gerald: Good Lord! This story is a little … ahem … steamy.
Maya: hahahaha! Poor Rammy, no wonder he hasn’t replied. He’s either in shock or…
So after the necessary laughter, we dove into this story searching for the meaning and artistic merit. Delira is an extremely graphic story about a depressed woman who is molested at her new job. Maya wonders if the icky and non-titillating descriptions of sex have a larger message about abuse, depression and Japanese society. Anais, found the slimy nature of the story difficult to get through and Rammy wondered why we would torture him so. While Gerald was disturbed by the abuse narrative. By the end of the episode one host had a surprising reversal during the rating.
Don’t forget to rate the story! For the history of our goofy system, see Anais’ post “Read Short Stories or Ray Bradbury Cries.” On a scale of 1-6 Bradberries, how do you rate Delira? Tell us in the comments below or via voicemail, and we will give the final tally on the next episode. We are also in desperate need of iTunes reviews. Please search Literary Roadhouse in iTunes and leave reviews for all of our shows.