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Question about the story

Discussion in 'Batman and Robin Have An Altercation' started by Rrty, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. Rrty

    Rrty Well-Known Member

    I am looking forward to some of the stories in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams more than some others. As an example, I think as someone else stated, the baseball story might not necessarily be for me.

    I don't really know anything about this one. If I, say, am excited for "Ur," "Obits" and "Bad Little Kid," will I be happy with "Batman and Robin Have An Altercation."
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  2. Gerald

    Gerald Well-Known Member

    I quite like this story. Like Premium Harmony it's something that could really happen and we know Alzheimer's is something King worries about. I didn't see the ending coming, which is always nice with a short story.

    I find the title a bit strange though. Why an 'altercation'? The father and son didn't have an altercation with each other, or does it refer to the other driver - that was more like having a fight.
    It's more like 'Batman and Robin have an accident'.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....in this case, the altercation is implied by the fight.....
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  4. Gerald

    Gerald Well-Known Member

    Altercation was a word I hadn't heard of before this story. It doesn't really mean 'fight', but rather 'quarrel', a fight of words rather than physical. But it may use 'altercation' in an ironic sense, since what it really is, is a fight.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...possibly, but in the prison where I work-an "altercation" is how we normally refer to a fight or an assault.....
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  6. Gerald

    Gerald Well-Known Member

    That makes sense, as the other driver (he was called Tat Man in the translation, so I guess that's what he is called in the original text too) had been in prison, as was visible because of the way his tattoos were done. King always seems to research his stories, even the short ones, well.
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  7. Hill lover35

    Hill lover35 Well-Known Member

    You work in a prison. Wow that must be interesting
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...12 years “behind the wire” and most of what goes on, nobody would believe....
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  9. Hill lover35

    Hill lover35 Well-Known Member

    Are you a prison guard?
  10. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    I thought this was a such touching story. So nice. And then surprising! :icon_eek:
  11. Batman and Robin.... what stands out for me is a testament to the love between parent and child. How roles gets reversed as a parent declines and how the spark of the essential man can shine thought dementia. This father had a strong reaction to his son's altercation and reacts as the tough fighter he once was.

    Also this story speaks to the crazy phenomenon of road rage. As a Canadian we used to look with horror at the US examples of road rage, now unfortunately we have our own examples.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....I am a Registered Nurse....
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