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Liz Batton
A Marble Story
Liz Batton, author
This is the story of how a lonely person found joy in his daily walks. Finding new marbles every day showed him the hidden joy all around us.
Plot/Idea: 6 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.00 out of 10


Plot/Idea: Events in this text are spare, yet carry significant symbolic weight: an old man carves a bowl and picks up colored marbles along his solitary walks. Pictures hint at greater narrative threads, like one of a girl in a hospital room, but ultimately these are not concretely drawn together.

Prose: The prose is clean, tight, and economical, with very few words wasted.

Originality: The descriptions of the marbles are eloquent and vivid. There's a parable-like quality to this work that will resonate with readers who value more philosophical works. 

Character Development/Execution: The old man's character dominates the story in the story. Readers may wish for a greater layer of complexity, though the simplicity of storytelling is often moving and profound. 

Date Submitted: August 25, 2022