I'm slated to read 'In Search of Lost Time' by Marcel Proust as part of my literary snob phase, but I've had the attention span of a gnat lately.
Oh good luck with that! His sentences can span pages! I still remember those French dictations from Proust. Fun times. (Not!) (Oh definitely not!)
I found a book in the library called "Everybody does it! Crime by the Public" by Thomas Gabor. Hopefully it will keep me interested for long enough to get arguments against the "Everbody does it, do why not?" concept.
Orangey taking the words out of my mouth! Yeah, I hated The Wizard of Earthsea (talk of fluffy, predictable, boring, sexist fantasy), but if Le Guin dropkicks that in Tehanu for "gritty", "feminist", and "bitter", I'm all in again. I only ask Dali whether I have to read the two middle books to understand Tehanu.
Right now I'm in love with Edith Wharton and Osamu Tezuka.
Breezed through the later's Ayako today (crazy! but not as crazy as Tezuka can get, and I find all the exalted critical praise for how consistently serious is in the work to be misplaced. Tezuka does his best work with tonal shifts that create a heightened aspect to really sell the outrageous humanism and bleakness in a single package).
And I'm still working through a collection of short stories by Wharton: ghost stories! Wharton isn't much interested in the ghosts though, she as always is totally into the characters. (I reread Age of Innocence, and read Ethan Frome, Summer, and House of Mirth this year. Strong all, except Ethan Frome. Though my love of her is making me wonder if I'm becoming an incorrigable romantic.)
I recently finished The Tombs of Atuan but I'm still working through other books before starting The Farthest Shore. The tasty description of Tehanu however makes me want to toss the other books aside and focus on the Earthsea books.
The author was a part of the feminist wave of the 70's and, I guess, Tehanu was her making her ideals a big part of her work and clearly seemed to me to be her way of making amends for the traditional male hero/protagonist and patriarchal bent that was evident in her earlier books. She went way overboard and, dare I say, misandric even (all the male characters were, with one exception, ineffectual, cold, misogynistic, cruel... *insert negative attribute*... and all the women were painted in a positive light, including those who'd committed terrible atrocities).
My main gripe with it was how she completely changed the tone of the whole series, kind of like JK Rowling writing an 8th book where Hermione runs off to Hollywood to become a playboy bunny and Harry joins forces with the death-eaters. And having it set in Wyoming.
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