Antique clock build when peace filled.......

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MNHID

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Bengali
What does the bold line mean?

''Wish I could talk to her. Half an hour would be plenty: just ask her about herself, tell her about myself, and - what I’d really like to do - explain to her the complexities of fate that have led to our passing each other on a side street in Harajuku on a beautiful April morning in 1981. This was something sure to be crammed full of warm secrets, like an antique clock build when peace filled the world.''
 
  • MNHID

    Senior Member
    Bengali
    For a start, 'build' is probably a mistake for past participle 'built': a clock (which was) built/made when . . .
    Could you please tell me what that sentence mean? I don't understand what an antique clock has to do with peace filling the world. Is that a cultural reference?
     

    velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    I'd say that the only sort of clock that is large enough to be "crammed full of" anything is a grandfather clock. They are antiques that belong to a more peaceful age, before the two wars that shattered the world.

    Please give the source of the piece.
     

    Ponyprof

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    First, Murakami writes in Japanese so this is a translation. Second, he is just a very quirky writer. He has quirky plots with elements of magic realism and he uses unusual images and descriptions.

    The reference to the clock is obviously a metaphor, but reading this I am unclear on what "this was something sure to be crammed full" refers to.

    The street? The conversation? The complexities of fate?
     
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