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raderwoman
"omnivorous reader, taking time out only for movies"
Nov. 7, 2013
Abbe Mouret's Transgression
This was a perversely enjoyable read. While I spent much of the book wanting to slap the Abbe silly, I recognized the tale as Zola's fable pitting love of intellect/religion against love f all that is natural, passionate of feeling, delight in the sensual. Considered quite shocking in his own time, Zola doesn't hold a candle to current-day explicitness, but his sensual language and imagery are, to me, very evocative.
Nov. 7, 2013
The Golden Bowl
I have to say this book is not the best choice to read on line because it is based on such exquisite subtleties that it requires some rereading on occasion. It is SO subtle that I think most modern readers would toss it over their shoulders after the first 100 pages if not before. The writing is ornate, even for James, and the sentence structures sometimes a real challenge to parse. Maggie's method of dealing with a truly horrible situation and finding, most of the way through, that her father is aware of everything, provides a perversity that I am not sure a reader of today could even begin to understand. Interestingly for me, I found the father-daughter relationship utterly treacly and even distasteful at the beginning of the book. By the end I admired their complete sympathy for one another.
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