The Instructor: Novel Excerpt --- Ann Ireland | Numéro Cinq
Part way through the opening chapter of Ann Ireland's novel The Instructor, the narrator remarks that her putative lover (and art teacher) is like "a scout for some enemy camp, logging facts for a future ambush." To me, this is about as exact a description of love as I have ever come across. La-de-dah romantics tend to ignore the fact that two people are distant countries, speaking foreign tongues, and that the progress of love is a sort of invasion that is always followed by hasty translation, colonization attempts, power struggles, and, often, retreat. Alice Munro, who wrote the jacket blurb for the novel, gets the picture.