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The books meme

July 11th, 2007 (06:03 pm)
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Oh no (shouldn't say that as I still haven't read it)! Like tree_and_leaf, I think this is definitely a cue to do some work.




You're Ulysses!

by James Joyce

Most people are convinced that you don't make any sense, but compared
to what else you could say, what you're saying now makes tons of sense. What people do
understand about you is your vulgarity, which has convinced people that you are at once
brilliant and repugnant. Meanwhile you are content to wander around aimlessly, taking in
the sights and sounds of the city. What you see is vast, almost limitless, and brings you
additional fame. When no one is looking, you dream of being a Greek folk hero.



Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Comments

Posted by: The Mezzo Mongoose (miss_next)
Posted at: July 11th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)

I've read it. I hated it.

I haven't read this, though:




You're A Prayer for Owen Meany!

by John Irving

Despite humble and perhaps literally small beginnings, you inspire
faith in almost everyone you know. You are an agent of higher powers, and you manifest
this fact in mysterious and loud ways. A sense of destiny pervades your every waking
moment, and you prepare with great detail for destiny fulfilled. When you speak, IT
SOUNDS LIKE THIS!



Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 11th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)

I've not read either, though Ulysses sits unread on my shelf, bought a few years ago after Jenny Turner's anti-Tolkien diatribe in the London Review of Books.

Posted by: The Mezzo Mongoose (miss_next)
Posted at: July 11th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)

Now that's a fascinating article. I wonder why the author objects so strongly to the fact that Tolkien's world is self-contained and has little to do with reality? After all, the same can be said of most good fantasy and SF novels.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 11th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)

I think that "good fantasy and SF novels" is a category that the author of the article wouldn't admit existed, or at least, could not aspire to any kind of literary achievement. She misunderstands Tolkien and his works throughout, I think; and seems to possess a great desire to separate herself from her childhood.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: July 11th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
Outsider

What people do
understand about you is your vulgarity


What?!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 11th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)

I've occasionally shocked people by references to, for example, one Not the Nine O'Clock News sketch, but I try to emphasise the inverted commas despite temptation urging me to exploit the juxtaposition between the material I am quoting and my own politeness.

Posted by: The Two Trees (arda_unmarred)
Posted at: July 11th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
portrait

[With my pedantic hat on] that's actually a reference to the initial reception of Ulysees, which was accused of vulgarity by many prominent writers (and was in fact censored for a long time).

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: July 11th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
Outsider

I know about the alleged vulgarity of Ulysees, it's the alleged vulgarity of parrot_knight that I was questioning.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 11th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
St John's cufflink

I hope that what confidence is placed in me has not been eroded...

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: July 11th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
How did it come to this?

If we're going to be pedantic, how about pointing out that the Greek hero would be Odysseus and Ulysses is just the Roman translation?

Posted by: Alice Dryden (huskyteer)
Posted at: July 11th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Don Quixote

I think the wandering and the folk hero are bang on!

(I'm just smug because I'm (still) Hitch Hiker's.)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 11th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
Styre

I thought that there were some parallels, some of them good, some less so; but I don't mind the wandering folk hero-ness.