Re: Wittgenstein's Mistress (spoilers)
Posted by guillermo maynez on 7/9/2011, 13:58:48, in reply to "Re: Wittgenstein's Mistress (spoilers)"
Well, after such praise, I will definitely read the book. It sounds exciting! |
: Dear Friends,
: I just finished reading this gem and once again I was
: grateful to this group for making me aware of such
: extraordinary works which I would have never
: discovered on my own.
: I can't believe Joffre and Guillermo did not read this
: book, it is right up their alley. Conversely, the
: members of this group might have thought that this is
: not a book Lale would have liked but I LOVED IT!
: I think it is a work of genius, very very original,
: brilliantly done. As mentioned by Steven and Sterling
: earlier, the analysis and play of language (discovery
: of ambiguity and meaning) was brilliant. And funny.
: Imagine you own all the gold in the world, all the art
: work, all the books, all the rivers ... In fact you
: own the world. But there is no one to share them with!
: Not even a cat to talk to, to touch.
: The books title gives away nothing. You may remember
: that I have said many times before that I do not read
: the back cover of the books. And I was never so happy
: with this rule of mine than in regards to W's
: Mistress. The first sentence on the back cover of my
: book is "The narrator is a woman who is convinced
: that she is the last woman on earth." I think it
: is obscene to write such things on the back of books.
: Luckily, I had not read it and the book was a
: discovery sentence after sentence, absolutely
: delicious, mouth watering, every time I put the book
: down, I longed to get back to it. In fact, one
: morning, after making my coffee, the second thing I
: did was not to open my lap top but to open my W's M.
: The books title seemed just a tad "ordinary"
: to me. I thought it really was about the mistress of
: someone named Wittgenstein, whom I had never heard of
: before. I thought maybe it was a book like Madame
: Bovary. Boy, was I in for a surprise.
: The two words Wittgenstein and mistress were
: uttered in the same paragraph only 20 pages before the
: end of the book. (I was starting to get a little
: worried ) And finally when the mistress made her
: appearance, it was only to make the reader aware that
: she did not exist. And, of course, it all made sense.
: I loved the book. It was interesting, original, witty.
: Sad. Extraordinary. I have put David Markson (whom I
: had never heard of before either) made it to my top
: geniuses list.
: If there is ever going to be a last person on earth,
: it has to be Kate. I was very happy that Kate and I
: were EQUIDISTANT from each other.