The White Globe – Lawrence Nysschens
The White Globe is a strange book brought to you from the highly dexterous mind of Lawrence Nysschens. Within this cryptic story, we deal with reality and an abstract imagined existence, wondering if what exists within the White Globe is a dream, hallucinations, a supernatural parallel dimension OR is it the other way round?
The story starts with a couple Jollard and Alice, dealing with Jollard facing a problem in his mental and physical deterioration. He tries to explain it as being caused by a White Globe in his mind that he disappears into and it feels real while he is experiencing it. The life inside the White Globe is one of blackness and mystery which he is attempting to understand and solve for the sake of someone he feels tied to – Tippy. Gradually the existence behind the white globe becomes clearer and we start to see a transition from what we understood to be real and what we felt was a dream, transferring and questioning where reality actually existed. Perhaps the dream with Tippy in the White Globe is the reality? Perhaps the real life with Alice was imagined? Perhaps they are both equal and parallel either imagined or real?
This is a short story which plays tricks with your mind and presents scenarios that you can choose to interpret in many ways. That is the power of the story. I kept thinking with the white globe in his head, the physical and mental deterioration, and a reference to another party, the Doctor, that we were dealing with a brain tumour and the tumultuous visions and dreams thereby imposed. The end left me in doubt and maybe it was just a story of supernatural fantasy and multiple dimensions.
This is a cryptic puzzle of reality OR fantasy and like all cryptic puzzles, readers will either enjoy the challenge or not. I felt it important that the story was short at 51 pages as any extensive length dealing with this abstract complexity would be totally confusing and could leave me in an altered state :). I think the mood you’re in while reading this book will play a huge part in your appreciation of it.