**spoiler alert** Reading HD or reading so much HD in a series of days the classical imagery is really what sticks with you. But also I enjoyed how ef**spoiler alert** Reading HD or reading so much HD in a series of days the classical imagery is really what sticks with you. But also I enjoyed how effectively she used repetitions and a kind of fearless approach to length that I think more recent poets don't always have. reading HD is kind of like reading a lot of Sappho or Sappho poem fanfiction ... Partially because if the brief heartbreak and partially because of the Greek references and also probably because I am in the middle of reading the Anne Carson translations of Sappho. I don't mean HD is unoriginal I don't think anyone who reads Trilogy could think that. Reading her work however is a certain experience and if I were to make one complaint about the text: more notes would have been helpful. If I hadn't just come from reading Ovid and homer I probably would have wanted to look some names up. Trilogy which I was really really looking forward to reading ends up being a completely different poem than anyone could have prepared me for. A kind of dream essay that takes the fall of Troy and the burning of London and the birth of Christ and the character of Mary Magdalene and ends up with a poem. That is such a brief summary of events. I don't know what to say. Almost I am not really done with these poems. ...more
**spoiler alert** It's been a long time since I stayed up to finish a book but I've been staying up to the limits of my reasonable latest bed time to**spoiler alert** It's been a long time since I stayed up to finish a book but I've been staying up to the limits of my reasonable latest bed time to finish Mr. Fox. I usually have some reservations about book recommendation but not in this instance. Oyeyemi confronts and elucidates issues of representation and violence by forcing an artist to converse, co author and fall in love with his muse. Where is the harm in fantasies of women and violence and violence against women? This book provides this clearest arguments without ever reducing it to bullet points. I don't want to give a lot away. My concerns were initially that the book wouldn't be able to match in character development what it creates in critical thrust but I think it does. The characters are flooded with details of the time and St. John especially with the WWI soldier, grows especially in the last half of the book. A lot of people have told me they want to read this book. I really think everyone should. ...more
It's a bad habit of mine to stop in the middle of reading a book and consider, would I put this in my imaginary coml seminar? For example I would alw
It's a bad habit of mine to stop in the middle of reading a book and consider, would I put this in my imaginary coml seminar? For example I would always strongly consider Frankenstein and The World Republic of Letters but I would ultimately probably only excerpt this.
It's a good book; I'm immediately suggesting it to some coml people I know but it wanders and falls off track here and there and since I don't agree with some of Bautmans attitudes towards writing literature and life I can't endorse it as much as I wanted to.
I wish it had been more if a memoir, more like Barnards Assault on Mount Helicon, and less like an indulgent talk show monologue. But the genre literary theory cum memoir cum reflections on Russian literature is scarce and this is definitely better than a lot of journalistic like nonfiction I have read (the art I'd being lost for example)...more
Austen is a satirist I don't know how we overlook it. Possibly because we've get to make a blockbuster-satire film. If YA literature keeps going the wAusten is a satirist I don't know how we overlook it. Possibly because we've get to make a blockbuster-satire film. If YA literature keeps going the way it is we may have to pull out Northanger Abbey from time to time to remind us of reality. Not that the pages of N.A. contain reality strictly, but they do contain a well-read lesson against the mis-use of fantasy in every day life. Not the use! If anything I think Austen reveals here how *all* of her characters are caught up constantly in fantasy and for all its macabre detail, Katherine's is the least harmful.
Two other points,
1. Henry Tilney is *extremely* under-rated. Far more romantic than Darcy IMO
2. This is a book about lanuage as much as it is about fantasy and growing up and Bildung. Language here is critiqued and pulled at in a kind of sub-plot, but when a motif of the novel is "novels" there is a lot I find very thrilling to that!
As a side note I'd love a list of literature that references the "three volume novel" and a study of the concept in literature. I can think only of Northanger Abbey and The Importance of Being Earnest but there must be others. ...more
This book already has enough of a following that it doesn't really require a very thorough review. Reading it is a personal journey the way people sayThis book already has enough of a following that it doesn't really require a very thorough review. Reading it is a personal journey the way people say it is-- though if you're interested in german literature like I am the back of the book contains a great number of examples from Hesse's life work.