I also agree that the style is specifically Dickensian, but certain passages betray the influence of modernist prose. I hope to re-read them someday. There is also a novella, "Boy in Darkness," that I remember as being quite good. (Of course, it has been about 40 years since I read it, so I could be mistaken. LOL. I've re-read the novels more recently than the novella. In fact, I'm not certain that I still have a copy.)
Nabokov must have been half-joking when he said all that all novels are fantasies. On the one hand, of course that's true. The author is making something up, so it is in a sense a fantasy. But clearly if the world that the author is creating is recognizably the "real world," the consensual reality that we all share, then I think that it is not a fantasy is the sense that The Odyssey, The Golden Ass, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The 1001 Nights, Beowulf, A Midsummer Night's Dream, or Gulliver's Travels are. I don't know that realist novels are somehow more "adult." After all, magic realism clearly involves fantasy. Nor do I think that all novels that are considered "genre" fantasy are "child-like." One has only to encounter the knotty, modernist puzzles of Gene Wolfe to realize that fantasy is not necessarily meant for children.
Fantasies either involve the creation of a world that is fundamentally different from our own or the invasion of elements that are clearly impossible into our own world. This is an understandable and useful distinction. I can not help but think that Mr. Nabokov would agree.
I don't know why the Magic Realism thread attracts the spam. As far as I know, only Lale has the power to even delete the crap that's accumulated. I don't know if there's any way to prevent it totally. (I think she gave Steven the power to make changes, too, but he's apparently more throughly gone than she is.)
: 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
: 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
: Now, I am going to read The Golem by Gustav
: By the way, why does that Magic Realism
: discussion attract so much crap, and can we
: get rid of it?
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