Re: C by Tom McCarthy
Posted by Steven on 22/5/2012, 19:03:03, in reply to "Re: C by Tom McCarthy"
Very interesting, and no doubt on the mark. (And I'm certainly not offended) |
I had viewed Serge's preference in positions as a desire for impersonal sex, but the incest angle didn't occur to me, though the introduction of the Isis/Osiris theme at the end was obviously a reference to Serge and Sophie.
: I hope I don't offend with this observation.
: The incest theme is important, I think, if we really
: approach the novel from a psychological perspective
: and not as just a post-modern experiment. I think
: there is an important clue in Serge's consistent
: choice of sexual position. It is the same position in
: which he caught (or almost caught) his sister. (It is
: also relatively impersonal for the most intimate of
: acts.) I presume that his ability to make human
: connections was severed with his sister's suicide (not
: simply dying, but abandoning him.)
: --Previous Message--
: Thanks for the review; it highlighted parts of the
: I had missed, and emphasized the main unifying thread
: of the book: Serge's type of mind, always in search of
: patterns and connections. It also pointed out Serge's
: difficulty - or impossibility - to establish emotional
: connections. What do you think about this?