Re: Commentary: Day 11 and 12
- --- In johnbarth@y..., Michael Perez <studiovheissu@y...> wrote:
> So, even though we know Blooey! is on its way, we are still prettymuch
> assured of a mostly happy, though thoroughly improbable and crowded,Do I detect a note of cynicism here, Michael? :)
> The main story in this section, the Scheherazade menstruation story,about
> answers a question P posed on Day 0 and gives us cause to think
> "Why 14?" leading to "Why 10 years?" for Odysseus or "Why 1/2 hour?"And there's all those other numerical traditions-- Biblical 40
> for DQ's stay in the Cave of Montesinos. Are the answers
> "dramaturgical, not mathematical"
days/nights or 7 days/nights. Or, in many fables, the protagonist
often waits 3 days/nights for his/her next action.
, "The Swan Prince of Queenstown Creek," was fraught with
> continuity problems and blatant, though funny, anachronisms. It wasAgreed. In my 3rd readng of this section, I still do not like it at
> not a carefully well thought out story or told in a way worthy of a
> founder of the ASPS.
all. Why? It has very little antecedent to the rest of "our" stories
(TT or classical lit--except for, I guess, "Swan Lake"); it's
foreshadowing by the kids sounds like something totally awesome, but
ends up rather anticlimactic; and its appearance this late in the
game just brings all the action thus far to a screeching halt (IMHO).
The second, K's retelling of the first two parts
> of P's revised DQ after Montesinos, was improvised from detailednotes,
> but well-told and incorporated immediately into reality, such as itis
> in this book, in the form of CDQ's personal saga.And I liked this instead--like P's gestating "Rocinante II" story,
when I first read TT I had very little previoius knowledge of "1001
Arabian Nights", but JB gave me enough info to get me interested,
made a nice conceit, and made me want to get the original book itself
(which I later did). And I hate math!
> As readers, I think I can safely assume we have long given up the
> of reality in this book. It's more García Marquez than Melville,more
> Dalí than Turner (if it were a painting), more Buñuel than Lean (ifit
> were a film).More Syd Barrett than Bob Dylan if it were music? :)
- agrimorfee wrote:
"More Syd Barrett than Bob Dylan if it were music?"
Yeah! I guess so. "I've got a bike, you can ride it if you like . .
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