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Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter
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Nov 22, 09

Read in June, 1963

Good writing slips by us when it is more than 25 years old and not part of a group of novels. Katherine Anne Porter is like Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird) in some ways. She gives this book everything she has and then we have to wait in vain for the next large work.

I was stunned by the film made from the book. It seemed a blasphemy in some parts but in others, it went beyond what I think Porter intended - and for the better.

I learned character development from reading Porter. I felt as if I knew her, even though I full well knew she would never want to know me.

Pre-Nazi bastards, lost Spaniards, the steerage passengers who are dispensable, and the awful children are clearly recognizable as 21st Century people we all know. Where have we come to since the 1930s? Nowhere, it seems.

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