I can't pretend I'm terribly impressed with Young's attempt to give a micro-introduction to PoCo. Very little information is given clearly; too many e...moreI can't pretend I'm terribly impressed with Young's attempt to give a micro-introduction to PoCo. Very little information is given clearly; too many examples and not nearly enough theory is presented. My overall impression is that the author is both so knowledgable and so emotionally drawn into the metanarratives of postcolonial thought that he can't take a step back and write from a clear, less-biased vantage point. Rather ironic, this, given the entire point of postcolonialism, but sometimes that's academia for you, isn't it? I read this for a class on PoCo literature but it was scarcely helpful. Will not be holding onto it.(less)
What I may like best so far is to be reading a book that can be started and finished in the same day. I can hear Carroll's (well, rather, Dodgson's!)...moreWhat I may like best so far is to be reading a book that can be started and finished in the same day. I can hear Carroll's (well, rather, Dodgson's!) voice, almost feel the sun on my face as he tells the story in the rowboat to Alice and her sisters. It's delightful. I haven't gotten as far as starting any real consideration of or research into the literary significance of the story yet. But I hope to find something like that in the near future. I read "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" yesterday, plan to do "Through the Looking-Glass" tomorrow ;) Please let me know if you've read and enjoyed anything analytic about these!
UPDATED: After finishing Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, I can't say I enjoyed it much less than the first one. These books are charming. I think Dodgson should have written poetry volumes in his spare time (wait... did he?!); he seems to have enjoyed a little too much for the balance of what fits well in a short novel. Like Alice, I just feel the poems were sprinkled in a bit too generously.
Excellent novel; I wasn't initially impressed when I finished reading it but after reading several works after it in my class on postcolonial literatu...moreExcellent novel; I wasn't initially impressed when I finished reading it but after reading several works after it in my class on postcolonial literature, I've realized that a) PoCo fiction is a difficult genre in which to write; b) Kate Grenville does it better than lots of other people. The Secret River is sensitive to its own unavoidable hyprocrisies (Grenville is a white Australian writer, a Pakeha writing in part about injustices to Aboriginal peoples). At the same time it backs down before those hypocrisies, at times, not always willing to face as brutal a truth as might be faced. Will and his family are protagonists, and by the structure of the novel – starting off in England, where we see the lifelong marginalization of the poor – we are obliged to feel sympathy for them and keep rooting for them, even when they begin to commit atrocities themselves. If this book illustrates anything, it's that we allow ourselves to be corrupted and blinded by power because it feels good. It feels better than the alternative of NOT having power. The end is perhaps unexpectedly chilling, and the epilogue a minor masterpiece, in my opinion. There's a great deal to be said about the treatment of female characters in this story (which I think is one of the strongest critical elements here), but I finished it last month and I'd want to reread it before going into the issue.(less)
I picked this up (Chapters, major sale) years ago and might actually read it soon. It looks curious. I barely watch any tv and don't play video games,...moreI picked this up (Chapters, major sale) years ago and might actually read it soon. It looks curious. I barely watch any tv and don't play video games, but I'd like to consider Johnson's arguments in favour of them.(less)