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  •  Read it long ago, (4+ / 0-)
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    The Geogre, Brecht, Aunt Pat, blueoasis

    in my late teens, early twenties. Now I need to go back and read it again.

    •  So long as you do it the S/z way (5+ / 0-)
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      Brecht, Aunt Pat, blueoasis, Dumbo, oceanview

      I'm kidding, I think (hereis an online version of S/Z and I have to assume the legality is alright) (ah, it's an extract! bon!). (Roland Barthes, in Writing Degree Zero, advocates reading works off of the line, reading with freedom, reading for play and pleasure. S/Z illustrates that.) When I assigned it in an independent study class, I kept saying, "Man, this novel really isn't good? Why did I like it? Why did I love it? How did it change my world?"

      My student, on the other hand -- 21 years old, completely encased in S. Georgia and Baptist expectations -- kept saying, "This is my favorite thing we've read. This is really my favorite thing. No. Really. Sure, there were boring parts, but this rocks."

      I think it might truly rock. If you need a rock to break open the shell, this book will do it. If you're like the love interest in the novel and way, way beyond being two people, you may not want a rock so much.

      "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

      by The Geogre on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 11:18:10 AM PDT

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    •  Me too (3+ / 0-)
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      The Geogre, Aunt Pat, oceanview

      and I have to say I didn't think all that much of it.  

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