Valley of the Dolls: Yo dirkdiggler...
- Just started reading my ARC copy of FURY. Funny
thing, one of the characters, Dubdub (a rather oddly
brilliant Cambridge graduate,) is talking about becoming an
author "Like Kafka perhaps...in the rat hole.
Construction of a machine without a purpose. Fury. That sort
of thing" he says. "Or alternatively," Dubdub
pondered, "one could go in for more commercial stuff.
Valley of the Dollybirds. Or there's the happy medium,
halfway between the highbrow and the dross. Most people
are middlebrow..." <br><br>I thought it was funny
that Rushdie mentioned the book. The only reason I
knew what he was talking about was because of your
post. Just thought I'd pass it on.
- 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"