Loob by Bob Leman

Source: Own Collection
Format: Hardcover
Rating:  3 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

Leman investigates temporal paradoxes and their consequences in this short story. In some nothing town the north-east US, a town that was once something, lives a man called Loob. Loob is the local town idiot. Abused at home, bullied, dumb (apart from being able to pronounce his name as Loob), he’s a rather sad, sympathetic character. But he’s a character with immense power. Somehow, he’s able to change the past.

The tale is told by a young man whose life is affected by a change Loob made to the past – and, by apparent circuitous reasoning – the young man believes that Loob can put things right again. Actually, not can, but will. One day.

This was quite an interesting character sketch – both of the young narrator and of Loob. Leman draws an excellent picture of both the former wealth of the town as well as its present decrepit, by-gone state, and does so unashamedly. Even as this story is somewhat brutal, it’s very well-drawn and a good read.

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2 thoughts on “Loob by Bob Leman

  1. Interesting. I bought this book when it came out in 2013, and I’m still working my way through it. Whenever I wonder how my take on a story compares with that of others, I google for reviews, and yours is always the first one that comes up. I enjoyed “Loob”, which is rather a sad story, and it doesn’t bother me too much that it leaves key points unexplained (how is the narrator aware of the time loop?). I must find time to read Leman’s most famous story, “Window”, which is in THE WEIRD, by the same editors. I have it lying around somewhere.

    • Hah. I’m probably the only person who’s read through it and separately reviewed each of the stories contained therein. Loob was a cool, interesting story, agreed. I haven’t read “Window”. Maybe I’ll come across it one day.

      Would love to hear your thoughts on any of the other stories if you’re so inclined. It is pretty cool to see what others thought of something – particularly if it leaves one scratching one’s head. Definitely I’d like to know what you think of the last one when you get there 😀 IMO it is awesome.

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