Grounds unlikely thematic prequel?
- Was in the used bookstore the other day and
picked up Valley of the Dolls. Complete trash, but since
it probably takes the award for "trashiest book ever
written" I figure I'd give it a day in court as a
milestone in PoP-Lit. Interestingly, although, not
obviously not reaching the spiritual pinacles that Rushdie
attempts, it's theme - the rise to PoP-Fame and it's
resulting consequences - relates directly into some of
Rushdie's themes of PoP in Ground... <br>Anyway, different
topic: I think the neatest trick Rushdie does in Ground
is, through only an attempted assasination of
Kennedy, through Watergate being portrayed as a fictional
film...The world that is pushing through that Ormus sees
through his blind eye, The Other-World that threatens to
destroy theirs, that Alternate Reality is none other than
our reality. Pretty wild magic. As when one begins
the novel, one takes the characters at face value,
and the fictional space they occupy as representative
of the same physical space we occupy, and then,
poof, they are our alternate reality. A slick, little
mind-binder reminiscent of the plot turn in "The Sixth
Sense", only pulled off more gracefully and sneakily.
Props to the Rush-Man!
- I will keep my eyes open for your suggested
title. With the controversy over The Satanic Verses we
heard that Christianity hasn't been maligned in novels,
and if it were, Christians would be very vocal in
protesting such a novel.<br><br><br>Not Wanted On the Voyage
by Timothey Findlay is quite the version of Noah's
Ark, and although I'm not a Christian, I kept glancing
over my shoulder, on the look out for lightening bolts
all the time I was reading it. (It is a brilliant
book.)<br><br>I'm reading a John Updike novel now, "Toward the End
of Time", seemingly written around the same time as
The Satanic Verses, although the copyright date is
1997. Updike's main character also moves through time,
and becomes a main character in Biblical stories.
Updike's work has a theological approach as well, and he
also questions accepted dogma. <br><br><br>I haven't
finished it yet, but I wonder if anyone else in this
discussion group has read it, and seen a similarity.
<br><br> How does Milan Kundera react to these "profane"