"Is Simon Leys Belgium's best gift to Australia?" asked The Canberra Times. Well, of course !!! The Chinese had something to do with it, because they "Is Simon Leys Belgium's best gift to Australia?" asked The Canberra Times. Well, of course !!! The Chinese had something to do with it, because they refused him re-entry, after he made some minor criticism. Luckily he was in Australia when this occurred...and stayed. China's loss!!!
This little book, a novella and fable,is a Gain for the Global Citizen.
Alas,I read a borrowed copy some years ago and remembered to return it. But I did pick up cheaply a DVD of the film of the book,a MOST faithful rendition, with Ian Holm playing the role so well, but titled "The Emperor's New Clothes". See it as an extra, a bonus !!!
The story is a "what if..." tale and a clever and intriguing and ironic one. Escaping from exile, how does an Ego like Napoleon's cope with being an anonymity ? Or the exact opposite when confined to a mental asylum, where he discovers that most inmates think they are HIM!!! It would be nice to think that this is how Napoleon ended up ...wiser and happier. At least the reader has a chance of this when this story is over !!!! ...more
PART I : IN PRAISE OF A BOOK - pre-text exteriors:
With this tiny tome, red covered with golden print and golden designs on its spine, one feels, exper PART I : IN PRAISE OF A BOOK - pre-text exteriors:
With this tiny tome, red covered with golden print and golden designs on its spine, one feels, experiences, the size - compact, slim, almost pocket fitting, hand size; its weight - almost lightweight but not negligible; and these days, when books are bowing to a battery and smart technology, and wisely to practicalities, it makes one conscious of the physicality of a book that gives some volumes a definite concrete personality that will endure with the memory of its contents.
6/3 - ie.,six shillings and threepence - is still clearly and almost freshly enscribed in lead pencil on the inside cover although its printing dates from 1957. Two decorative shields appear here as well, one per page. This Book Belongs to ..... on the cover side; and on the 6/3 side a quote from Milton: "A Good Book is the Precious Life-Blood Of A Master Spirit."
PART-II: PRAISE Interior, 11 Short Stories.
Here is a Canadian book, hopefully recognized there as one of its Classics, which largely treats of its Indigenous People but after the White Invasion. The landscape is mostly WHITE - but legitimately so, being due to the Arctic North. This is the far North and the wild life here plays an integral role, one lost to the City dwelling animals. Here they eat the local humans ...or get eaten by them. A Fair trade off is how the reader will experience this custom. Few names are Anglo: Kahdoosh the Man with a Nose like a Bottle, Chantie the Curlew, Oomgah the Moon-faced One and her husband Peeguk the Flat-footed One, Suggemah the Mosquito and her father Kwasind the Strong Man. Murchison and Mactavish sound extraordinarily ordinary thrown in amongst them !! French and Scottish have made their homes here and take over some stories, as do some animals.It is a broad canvas that Alan Sullivan offers us and he does so in poetic and musical language which seems to have been lost to us, and so all the more novel, surprising and eloquent...and best, enjoyably so. Wolves come to dine and huge bears to smash igloos for tucker; swans make return journeys to breed after southern summering facing both home beauties and home dangers.The French Catholic community suspect one of their own of being a "loup garou",a werewolf and Peeguk comes to the rescue of a white woman under attack from her husband even if it is on screen at his first movie. ...more
These could be called short stories or novellas, which are short novels or long short stories. Mmmmmm!!!...categories !!!???
I have seen Conrad called These could be called short stories or novellas, which are short novels or long short stories. Mmmmmm!!!...categories !!!???
I have seen Conrad called a racist on Goodreads.
Here again, Conrad distances himself from the Omniscient Narrator position, and hands the reins over to a fallible character within the tale to retell the tale. Often this storyteller is liable to alter during the story as any other character may since they are part of the story.Perhaps this has been Conrad's own experience.Perhaps not.But one cannot necessarily identify the storyteller of the tale with the author Joseph Conrad. It somehow reminds of the critic taking the artist Matisse to task because the reclining woman of his drawing had arms that seemed unrealistically too lengthy."This is NOT a woman",Matisse informed his critic,"It is a drawing of a woman." Is this relevant ??? Don't ask me, I'm just repeating a story !!!!!
Marlow is retelling the story "Youth". General Santierra narrates the story of Gaspar Ruiz 40 years down the track,in his retirement.Marlow does not begin his story..."We were sitting round a mahogany table...Thee was a director of companies, an accountant, a lawyer, Marlow, and myself". 'Myself' it is who repeats Marlow's story. It is twenty-two years since Marlow's story. ...more