Monday, March 8, 2010
"Babylon Revisited" By: F.S. Fitzgerald. Babylon: An ancient, prosperous city in Mesopotamia, associated by the Hebrews and Greeks with materialism and sensual pleasure. This story is set in Paris, where before the stock market crash of 1929, the city was filled with the rich and over-indulged. Charlie is back after a few years after the crash, and has noticed how much the city has changed, how much he has changed. Before the crash, Charlie lead an exciting life, filled with alcohol and other substances. He did permanent damage to the relationships around him. His wife died, he lost custody of his daughter, his ex-sister-in-law can't stand him, see, very bad indeed. But, after cleaning himself up and retaining a good job, he wants to seek custody of his daughter before she is beyond the impressionable years. Marion, his ex-sister-in-law, has other ideas. She doesn't think he is fit to take care of Honoria, his daughter. He has tried to show Marion how he has changed and is stable enough to have Honoria, but she is convinced that he will go back to his degenerate ways, and it didn't help that some people from Charlie's past interrupted a family meeting, and caused Marion to flip out and force the custody to wait another six months. Poor Charlie, he's trying so hard to do the right thing.