: Okay. i actually finished both this novel and
: Doctor Glas last week, but I've been waiting
: to post. i didn't want to spoil anything
: for Guillermo.
: Anyway, whatever we may classify Lincoln in
: the Bardo as, this is inarguably a work of
: magic realism. I don't know if it is
: reasonable to expect even interior logic to
: apply to magic realism, but in, say, One
: Hundred Years of Solitude, the magic always
: made emotional sense, even if it made no
: literal sense at all.
: With this in mind, I have many questions:
: Are the ghosts actually "ghosts?"
: I mean, are they spirits of the dead? Or
: are they some kind of supernatural beings?
: Why are they all men? Are they really gay?
: Why do they invite poor Patri to kill
: herself? Are they malign? They seem rather
: innocent, but they lure a young girl to her
: Why can only the workers see them? Because
: they are Chilean? Because they are poor? I
: mean, the father makes casual use of them as
: Since there are no women, why do they invite
: Patri to the party? I notice that they give
: back her glasses, but Patri does not
: immediately appear as the only female ghost.
: What is up with this?
: What is all this talk about a "real
: man?" What does this even mean? A
: straight man? A strong man? A virile man?
: A working man? What?
: I enjoyed this novel reasonably well, but
: oddly enough I liked the "realism"
: sections much more than the
: "magic." I thought that the party
: at the end of the book was beautifully
: written. I was completely absorbed in
: reading about a rather mundane event. This
: is a mark of a superior writer (and
: translator, I suppose).
: --Previous Message--
: I'm gonna go ahead and post what I have on
: this since it'll be some days before I'm
: back here.
: I was interested in the reality/non-reality
: theme; I copied out some quotes.
: "misguided belief that reality is
: "the ghosts are like men."
: "must be very careful not to mix up
: truth and lies, reality and fiction"
: "for men, the apparent is more
: important than the real"
: Why does Patri jump? For the reasons in her
: story? Boredom with the family.
: What is all the 'real men' business?
: Do the ghosts manifest because Patri wants
: to die?
: I've also finished Dr. Glas which I enjoyed
: quite well. This year is shaping up better
: than the last one. Ghosts is the least
: enjoyable of these three, and it's not bad.
: The other Aira novel I read, An Incident in
: the Life of a Landscape Painter was nicer.
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