does a prehistoric horse that died in the Eocene era have to do
with a nine-year-old boy in Austin, Texas, in 1975? In MACHINE, a
“story of a speck of matter,” it takes Danish author
Peter Adolphsen less than 100 pages to explain the seemingly
improbable but totally convincing connection.
This very short novel starts 55 million years ago when a storm
frightens a herd of prehistoric horses no bigger than fox terriers.
One of these was a five-year-old mare who gets separated from the
others and injured. Although she survives one night alone and hurt,
she falls again into a muddy river the next day, and this time she
dies. Over millions