Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart

Moorefield House Publishing



Jacob Hammer's Review of The One Inside

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM

The One Inside by Sam Shepard

Reviewed by Jacob Hammer

I had only previously encountered Sam Shepard as a playwright in my literature survey courses,

so when I saw that he was releasing a novel I was excited to see his work in another medium. I

had been saving up spare cash to get it, but then my friend Santino loaned it to me with a hearty

recommendation and I set to it.

This was another novel that had a much looser plot structure. Shepard jumps between his

narrator’s childhood, near past, and what is likely the current timeline with frequent jumps into

dreams and dialogue. The book consists of chapters of only two or three pages, any of which can

move to any of these timelines. Despite this, the book is not awfully confusing to follow. One

way that Shepard achieves this is through chapter titles that hint at where the chapter will take

place in time. Other than that, he makes the timeline clear through his tone and other subtle

clues. He keeps from over-explaining, but also doesn’t let us lose our way.

Again, this novel does not lend itself to plot summary. The narrative we start out with follows

our narrator through a lucid dream state as he wanders through the desert surrounding his trailer

following the barking of his two dogs who are on the trail of something. Another timeline

follows his interactions with a much younger woman who is living with him in a relationship

whose boundaries are difficult for the narrator and her to understand. Piggy-backing on this

narrative is a series of dialogue pieces between the narrator and the girl over whether she can

publish their phone conversations as a book of some kind. They debate authorship, how people

will perceive their relationship (thus the actual nature of their relationship), and the merit of their

conversations as literature in this space. The narrator also leads us through his childhood,

specifically a time when his father was sleeping with a young woman and the turmoil that arose

from that both practically and for his own emotional states. These personal complications are

multiplied when the narrator and she sleep together at some point and made worse when the girl

(Felicity) commits suicide mysteriously. This leads to some other dialogue pieces titled under

“Interrogation” towards the end of the book. These main timelines are interspersed with general

reflections by the narrator on a variety of topics, dream sequences, and returns to the first

narrative, weaving it all together.

Shepard aligns all of these timelines well enough that we continue to follow the story virtually

seamlessly. As I was reading the book, I found that I really could only get through a couple

chapters a day. This was certainly not because they were difficult to read, but instead, because it

was something that I wanted to allow to sink in day-by-day. I enjoyed spending time with a novel

that provided such a confused narrator struggling not only with his past, but incursions of his

past into his present like a fog. I also appreciated seeing another aspect of an artist whose work

as a playwright had such an effect on how I looked at literature as an undergraduate.

Categories: None

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply hermes outlet
8:53 AM on June 4, 2023 
you've got an excellent weblog right here! would you wish to make some invite posts on my weblog?
hermes outlet
Reply off white t shirt
8:10 AM on June 4, 2023 
Thanks a lot for providing individuals with a very special possiblity to check tips from this web site. It is usually so amazing and also full of a good time for me personally and my office acquaintances to visit your web site minimum three times weekly to study the newest stuff you will have. Not to mention, I'm also usually pleased with all the eye-popping creative ideas served by you. Selected 2 facts in this post are clearly the very best we have all ever had.
off white t shirt
Reply goyard
8:07 AM on June 4, 2023 
I wanted to write you the little word to be able to thank you again with the pleasing strategies you've shown on this website. This has been so wonderfully open-handed of you to present unreservedly precisely what most people could have sold as an ebook to help make some dough for themselves, primarily given that you might have done it if you decided. The ideas additionally served as the fantastic way to realize that other people have similar passion similar to my own to know more pertaining to this matter. I think there are millions of more fun sessions up front for people who scan your website.
Reply golden goose
6:37 AM on June 4, 2023 
I and also my buddies were examining the great information located on the blog while at once I had an awful suspicion I never thanked you for those techniques. These men were for this reason very interested to learn all of them and now have seriously been making the most of them. Thanks for truly being indeed thoughtful and also for settling on some good information millions of individuals are really desirous to be aware of. My very own honest apologies for not expressing gratitude to you sooner.
golden goose
Reply golden goose sale
4:26 AM on June 4, 2023 
I precisely had to thank you so much once more. I do not know the things I would've followed without the actual recommendations shared by you concerning such subject. It previously was a difficult difficulty in my position, nevertheless being able to view your skilled approach you handled that took me to cry for happiness. Now i'm happy for this assistance as well as expect you are aware of a powerful job that you are putting in educating many others thru a blog. I'm certain you have never encountered all of us.
golden goose sale
Reply off white outlet
3:24 AM on June 4, 2023 
I precisely wanted to thank you so much yet again. I do not know what I would have tried without these techniques shared by you over this field. It absolutely was a real horrifying circumstance in my opinion, nevertheless taking note of a new specialized technique you dealt with that took me to jump for fulfillment. Now i'm thankful for this service as well as believe you are aware of a powerful job you are always accomplishing educating the others through the use of your websites. I'm certain you have never met all of us.
off white outlet
Reply yeezy shoes
3:11 AM on June 4, 2023 
I must convey my passion for your generosity supporting men and women who absolutely need assistance with this one situation. Your personal commitment to getting the solution up and down came to be extremely practical and has specifically helped most people like me to attain their goals. Your amazing helpful tips and hints means this much to me and a whole lot more to my colleagues. Regards; from all of us.
yeezy shoes
Reply curry 6 shoes
3:10 AM on June 4, 2023 
My spouse and i felt glad when Jordan could finish off his reports using the precious recommendations he had in your weblog. It's not at all simplistic to simply find yourself releasing information that people today have been trying to sell. We recognize we've got you to thank for that. Most of the explanations you have made, the simple blog navigation, the friendships your site make it possible to engender - it's mostly incredible, and it's really helping our son and us imagine that the content is pleasurable, and that is particularly pressing. Many thanks for the whole thing!
curry 6 shoes
Reply golden goose kids
2:27 AM on June 4, 2023 
I wanted to draft you the little bit of observation to say thanks over again for the stunning tricks you've shown on this website. It was really extremely open-handed with you to allow unreservedly what exactly numerous people would've offered for sale for an e-book to get some dough for themselves, and in particular considering that you could have tried it in case you considered necessary. Those tricks as well acted as a fantastic way to realize that many people have the same eagerness like my own to realize more and more related to this issue. I think there are thousands of more fun moments in the future for individuals who examine your site.
golden goose kids
Reply cheap jordans
1:48 AM on June 4, 2023 
I truly wanted to write down a note to thank you for these fantastic steps you are giving out here. My rather long internet investigation has now been paid with pleasant strategies to share with my friends and family. I 'd believe that we readers actually are undoubtedly blessed to live in a really good site with many brilliant professionals with interesting strategies. I feel quite grateful to have seen your entire website page and look forward to so many more pleasurable moments reading here. Thanks once more for a lot of things.
cheap jordans
Reply jordan shoes
12:28 AM on June 4, 2023 
I'm also writing to let you understand of the cool encounter our girl enjoyed going through your webblog. She realized a lot of details, which include what it is like to possess a very effective teaching spirit to make a number of people without difficulty learn about some complex matters. You really did more than our own expected results. Thanks for presenting those invaluable, safe, revealing and unique tips about this topic to Ethel.
jordan shoes
Reply golden goose outlet
12:27 AM on June 4, 2023 
The following time I read a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, however I truly thought youd have one thing fascinating to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about one thing that you can repair if you happen to werent too busy searching for attention.
golden goose outlet
Reply bape
12:18 AM on June 4, 2023 
I precisely had to thank you so much again. I do not know the things I could possibly have followed without the type of advice shared by you concerning that theme. It was before a very intimidating concern in my position, however , witnessing your skilled style you dealt with that took me to weep over gladness. I'm grateful for your information and thus pray you really know what an amazing job you're accomplishing instructing most people via your webblog. Most probably you haven't got to know any of us.
Reply curry shoes
11:41 PM on June 3, 2023 
I have to get across my love for your kind-heartedness for individuals who absolutely need help with this important area of interest. Your real commitment to passing the message up and down turned out to be unbelievably advantageous and has consistently enabled women like me to get to their objectives. Your warm and helpful key points means a great deal to me and far more to my peers. Warm regards; from all of us.
curry shoes
Reply off white
11:37 PM on June 3, 2023 
Needed to put you the little bit of remark so as to thank you the moment again for all the stunning principles you've shared on this page. It is shockingly open-handed with you to present extensively what exactly a few people could possibly have made available for an ebook in making some money for their own end, even more so considering that you might have done it in case you wanted. These ideas additionally acted to be a fantastic way to fully grasp that other people online have similar passion really like my own to learn very much more in regard to this condition. I am certain there are a lot more pleasurable occasions up front for individuals that find out your blog.
off white
Reply supreme shirt
11:31 PM on June 3, 2023 
Thanks so much for giving everyone an extraordinarily nice possiblity to discover important secrets from this site. It is usually very sweet and as well , stuffed with a great time for me and my office acquaintances to visit your website the equivalent of thrice a week to read the latest secrets you have got. Of course, we are usually contented with the unbelievable pointers you serve. Some 3 facts in this posting are ultimately the most beneficial we have all had.
supreme shirt
Reply fear of god essentials hoodie
11:24 PM on June 3, 2023 
My spouse and i felt quite joyous when John managed to round up his inquiry through the precious recommendations he made from your own web pages. It's not at all simplistic just to find yourself giving for free tactics many others could have been selling. And we also fully grasp we've got you to thank for that. All of the illustrations you made, the simple blog menu, the friendships you will assist to create - it is all sensational, and it is helping our son and us understand the idea is excellent, which is certainly exceptionally pressing. Thank you for the whole lot!
fear of god essentials hoodie
Reply jordan 12
11:20 PM on June 3, 2023 
Thank you so much for providing individuals with an extraordinarily nice possiblity to discover important secrets from this website. It really is so lovely and jam-packed with amusement for me personally and my office fellow workers to visit your web site no less than thrice in 7 days to read the newest secrets you have. And definitely, I'm actually happy with all the outstanding methods served by you. Some 4 areas in this post are in truth the most impressive I have had.
jordan 12
Reply golden goose leopard
10:35 PM on June 3, 2023 
Thank you so much for giving everyone remarkably terrific possiblity to read critical reviews from here. It is always very fantastic plus jam-packed with a lot of fun for me and my office friends to search your website a minimum of three times weekly to read through the latest things you have got. And of course, we're usually pleased concerning the tremendous tricks you serve. Some two tips in this post are absolutely the most impressive I've ever had.
golden goose leopard
Reply hermes outlet
10:30 PM on June 3, 2023 
A formidable share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing a little bit analysis on this. And he the truth is bought me breakfast because I discovered it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! However yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I really feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If potential, as you turn out to be experience, would you mind updating your blog with extra particulars? It's highly useful for me. Massive thumb up for this blog publish!
hermes outlet