: 4.) I continue to be charmed by Trollope's
: direct address to the reader. I've come to
: think of him as second only to Fielding in
: creating a charming narrative persona for
: himself. Perhaps it's because direct
: address by the author to the reader is so
: rare, especially post-18th century.
Do you like Kundera? I find him a sort of post modern Fielding. Especially in The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Immortality, he talks to the reader about the story he's writing. I remember that Teresa was born of a rumbling in the stomach and Tomas of... I can't remember what. And Agnes was born of an old woman's wave. I remember him saying that authors don't write what their lives are like but what they wish their lives were like. Probably about time I reread Immortality and maybe TULoB too.
By the way, Kundera is a big influence in my aestheticism. In The Art of the Novel, he talks about the subject of message. He says someone once told him the message of one of his early novels wouldn't go over well. Kundera asked what message. The guys asked if it weren't an anti abortion novel. Kundera says that he thinks abortion should be mandatory but that he was very pleased with the mistake because it showed he'd kept the proper ironic distance from his story. Thus, for me, the author/narrator can tell you all kinds of things about the characters and what you should think of them, but nothing about what he himself thinks about 'real' life.
We can read Herzog. I'll be home before Christmas. I might kill myself before we get to Herzog, but that's another story.
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