I finished Titus Groan yesterday, and while it wasn't the kick I've been looking for, I did enjoy it quite well and will be reading the rest of the trilogy soon.
It is very interesting. There is no magic; no fairies, elves, or dragons. The characters are not much stranger than some of Dickens's, and yet, it is surely a fantasy novel if that's a worthwhile thing to say. Nabokov said that all novels were fantasies, and in general, I agree, but perhaps there are childlike fantasies and adult fantasies.
The style, mostly, seems what I might call classical, perhaps I should say 19th century. But there are oddities. The dialogue of the twin sisters was like Waiting for Godot, and the reminiscences were quite Molly Bloom.
I hope to enjoy Gormenghast and Titus Alone as much.
Before that, I read two novels by Milorad Pavic. Neither was all that wonderful, but moving about in the Dictionary of the Khazars was amusing. I read on kindle, which Pavic's work seems to have been waiting for, but it was something of a problem for Last Love in Constantinople. I didn't have a tarot pack to shuffle, so I just read straight through this, which was less amusing.
After finishing Titus yesterday, I read a very short novel, An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter by Argentine writer Cesar Aira. I enjoyed it pretty well. I will see if any of his other books call to me and perhaps suggest it for our reading next year.
Now, I am going to read The Golem by Gustav Meyrink.
By the way, why does that Magic Realism discussion attract so much crap, and can we get rid of it?
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