The Rook and The Barrel Trolley


You can tell that I didn't take this photo because the glass is still full.

You can tell that I didn’t take this photo because the glass is still full.

On the day on which I acquired my library card I browsed the fiction section with no real goal in mind except to see what caught my eye. The book that did end up catching my eye was “The Rook” by Daniel O’Malley which I might not have even noticed if it hadn’t been for a librarian friend of mine who posted the opening line on Facebook. The opening line reads as follows:

“Dear You, The body you are wearing used to be mine.”

If that isn’t an opening line that sticks in mind then nothing is. I knew nothing else about the book, author, plot, or genre- nor did I care. As soon as I saw the book on the shelf I knew I needed to read it. Much of this was accomplished while on a four hour flight, and I found the story compelling enough to keep me engaged for all four hours in spite of screaming babies, uncomfortable seats, and a little bit of stomach dropping turbulence so I would therefore recommend it, but I’ll let you read it for yourself.

The Beer: Barrel Trolley Amber Ale

The Book: “The Rook” By Daniel O’Malley

The Blog:

Dear You,

I am going to have to assume that you don’t remember how you came to be in possession of a six pack of Barrel Trolley Amber since the name is probably not familiar to you. You, or rather I, found it at the dollar store on the corner. It looked pretty good and I thought you might like it. Besides, it was only a dollar, so if you don’t like it then no big deal. I found it pleasant- more sweet than I anticipated, but if I had looked closely I would have noticed that it was “Ale with Honey Added”. 

If you decide that you like it now would be a good time to drink it. I’m going to have to tell you all about Her Magesty’s supernatural secret service, emphasis on secret, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have something to soften the edges. Ha! It just occurred to me that Barrel Trolley is an ironically good choice for this since the barrel trolley was a covert network of trolley tracks in the 1920’s used in America as a form of revolt against the Prohibition. I’ve included notes about our relationship with the Americans. Sadly mobsters and bootleggers and underground speakeasies are the least of your worries, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this nice drink. It is subdued and complex and has a subtle citrus aroma I am told although I didn’t notice it on the first try. 

So that should also explain why one of the bottles is missing from the six pack. It has been a long day and there was an unpleasant incident with a duck that you’ll read about soon. The notes you will need are in the purple binder and you will want to start reading right away so I will stop troubling you about the beer.

Sincerely,

Me.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on May 17, 2013.

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