Robert Gentel wrote:
Being IN his consciousness, and the utter beauty and joy of the metaphors and the rhythm and poetry of the language do me in.
I think this is the part I don't like as well. LOL
I don't think I like poetry in a story. Whenever an author gets too carried away with metaphors in a story I'm starting to gloss.
I don't know that it CAN do that if you read it really fast, it needs to be savoured.
I think you are right. But I wanna read a story
, or a great character
. Do you think this one has either?
Really? What do you think of the adolescent stuff? (I think you get there in forty pages)
I didn't get too deep into it. One thing that made this hard for me is the naming of the characters and the way they were introduced. I never pay much attention to names and in this case I think it makes me miss a lot as I noticed it was hard to follow who was who.
But hey, to each their own, as I said, if you don't like it, you don't.....there's a lot of books out there.
Damn it! Not for me. I have that and a frickin' Koontz left after the horrible King I am reading (I don't know why I am going to finish this one, Dreamcatcher).
You and the classics are gonna be a trial for me, I can tell, if you continue to post about them!!!!
I'll tell you why, in hopes that should these dialogues continue, (and I hope they do...I like 'em, though you drive me nuts) and I seem stroppy and defensive, you'll understand why.
These books are my friends!!!!! I did love Heart of Darkness, (despite its unsurprising reflection of contemporary mores....which I believe it was critiquing, and pointing out that the darkness was in all our hearts, NOT in the "savages"...wasn't it written when King Leopold of Belgium was slaughtering countless Congolese people in ruthless pursuit of an empire for his very own self just like the proper countries? Or was that later?) and I adore Portrait of the Artist.
If you continue with classics, and I hope you do, I can see that you are going to be mean to all of them!!!!
I know it's totally irrational, but there it is. :wink:
You pernickety thing you!!! How DARE you confine poetry to proper lined up poetry!!!! Does Shakespeare offend you because he mixes it all up?
You be making fences and expecting your bees to stick to them as they roam the flowers.
Perhaps if you tried NOT to gloss, but let the language in without getting all pedantic with it, that might be a fairer way to approach the reading experience? Just suspend that busy critical brain for a moment and flow with the book?
I think the way Stephen and his world is REALISED is great...and I think there is a story....certainly one that I recall enjoying....but a lot of the story is what happens in Stephen's head. I loved the evocation of his world, too.
Thing is, if you be gonna read a lot of classic novels, remember that the point of the classic novels is often the exploration of person and their interior journey, and there may not be a lot of story in the sense of a lot happening, except within the person. Some classics are good yarns, too.
You are also interested in a "great character", so the psychological novel classics ought to work for you if you are drawn to the character. But...I am wondering how you define a good story and a great character?
I find The Joyce you are reading to have both......but of course we are different people.
Re the names......mebbe if you jot down who is who on a bit of paper and use it as a bookmark????? Who is who often drives me nuts, too.
If you are not going to "get deep into it" I don't think you'll enjoy a lot of books that others enjoy, because the reward lies in the depth.
You DO or will have more access to books soon? You speak of Kindle...does that work outside the US?
You prefer not computer screens.
Would printing stuff from Bibliomania etc. be too onerous?
Second hand via Amazon is cheap, except for postage...but you'd likely pay less than I do.