Let's see. I'm living without internet right now. Yesterday, I walked an hour away from the cabin and didn't come to the paved road, so... I can't participate much. I'm surprised to come back and find that you guys haven't been talking much.
Like Guillermo, I had never heard the term bardo, except that it means something else in Argentine Spanish, and then I came across the term in one of the next few books I read. These coincidences always intrigue me.
I only vaguely remember the reverend's experience now, but there is certainly nothing odd about a fundamentalist view of hell. Most of the people around me here share it.
Despite being raised to, I can't believe in souls or an afterlife, but it is rather a pain that people I love believe.
When I think of magic realism, I think of 100 Years of Solitude. When I read Midnight's Children, I thought of 100 Years of Solitude. I didn't really think of it while reading Lincoln in the Bardo. The structure is rather unlike anything I can think of right now, so that makes it hard for me to classify. I did have the idea that it's sort of a reversed ghost story. Perhaps magic realism is a fair call, but it doesn't put me in mind of what I take for the most magic realist of novels. Can either of you compare it to another?
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