And the Earth Did Not Devour Him Chapter 1 Summary
An unnamed boy reflects on his “lost” year (75). His memories of that time, which he thinks of as a year though it may have been longer or shorter, are hazy. “He was always thinking and thinking and from this there was no way out” (75). He is not sure what really happened and what he dreamed. He recalls a dream in which someone was calling him, but he could not remember his name.
At one point, he realizes “he had called himself,” and that is when “the lost year began” (75). Each night, the boy drinks the glass of water his mother leaves “under the bed for the spirits” (76). The boy tells himself he will admit this to her when he grows up. Because the water disappears every night, his mother continues to fill the glass.