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I can't understand a saying from Andre Gide, please help A2K

 
 
Reply Tue 12 Mar, 2013 01:41 pm
"The novelist does not long to see the
lion eat grass. He realizes that one and
the same God created the wolf and the
lamb, then smiled, “seeing that his
work was good.”"

There is no context. It was written at the beginning of the novel "Factotum" from Charles Bukowski. I don't understand what the quote and why it was put in the book. Please help me understand, please.
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Tue 12 Mar, 2013 01:54 pm
@High Resolution,
Quote:
"The novelist does not long to see the
lion eat grass. He realizes that one and
the same God created the wolf and the
lamb, then smiled, “seeing that his
work was good.”"


Seems to me he is saying something about humans. The novelist depends on humans to buy his/her books…and obviously humans are more interested in lions devouring prey and being “king of the jungle” than they are in noting that cats, including big cats, enjoy some non-destructive behavior also.

The wolf and the lamb heads in that direction also. The “god” who made both the wolf and the lamb knew who was going to win debates between the two…who would end up the diner and who the dinner.

I guess another reading would be that a novelist is interested in the essentials of those who would be diners and those who would be dinner…the essentials of how nature works.

On the golf course, I often scare away deer that come too close. They tend to become immune to humans because they see so many of us…and we seem to present no danger. But better to give them some warning about the true nature of the most dangerous animal on the planet than to play along with their imprudent lack of fear.

When I do that...I am, in effect, being the novelist of the quote.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Tue 12 Mar, 2013 02:31 pm
"The novelist does not long to see the
lion eat grass. He realizes that one and
the same God created the wolf and the
lamb, then smiled, “seeing that his
work was good.”"

Just guessing, but I think he is saying that the novelist (writer) does not long (desire or need to have happen) to see the lion eat grass (something that is not right or will not happen). He realizes that it is OK for the wolf and the lamb (opposites) to be together and that's how our Maker intended it to be.

Context would help here.


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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Tue 12 Mar, 2013 02:35 pm
Yup - just did a google on this book and author.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 14 Mar, 2013 03:32 am
@High Resolution,
I think it's all about accepting life as it is. Factotum is all about living a hand to mouth existence and drinking a lot, there's no great changes in the book despite all that happens. At the end of the novel he's in pretty much the same situation he was in at the beginning.
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