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End is Nigh


This was the last day at uni before Easter break, where I considered whether to do 'Nightmare Abbey' or to consider 'Code of the Woosters'/'Galapagos'. NA is mercifully short, but what it lacks in plot, it more than makes up for hilarity - lampooning the Romantics and the Gothics in one fail swoop. Exhibit A as follows.



(Scythrop Glowry declares all to his would-be love, who doesn't exactly return his love).

'Do as Rosalia does with Carlos, divine Marionetta. Let us each open a vein in the other's arm, mix our blood in a bowl, and drink it as a sacrament of love. Then we shall see visions of transcendental illumination, and soar on the wings of ideas into the space of pure intelligence.'

Marionetta could not reply; she had not so strong a stomach as Rosalia, and turned sick at the proposition. She disengaged herself suddenly from Scythrop, sprang through the door of the tower, and fled with precipitation along the corridors. Scythrop pursued her, crying, 'Stop, stop, Marionetta—my life, my love!' and was gaining rapidly on her flight, when, at an ill-omened corner, where two corridors ended in an angle, at the head of a staircase, he came into sudden and violent contact with Mr Toobad, and they both plunged together to the foot of the stairs, like two billiard-balls into one pocket.'

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If that is not lampooning the Romantics and Gothics, I don't know what is.


I can listen to the other books on Audible over Easter. I spent best part of half an hour with diss lecturer, who read through my scrappy 3rd chapter and was as nice as he possibly could be, restraining himself from moaning about lack of critical evidence. Nil desperandum,I am on the case, but need to formulate my own argument before I search for validation. I think his main criticism was that I need to further unpack the argument and signpost more, both of which are perfectly true. I felt a little sad, as unless things take a very different turn, I am unlikely to see him again and he's a pretty cool lecturer. He will be invested in my dissertation, though (amongst six others) and it will be his mark that will be the most memorable of my degree - this is my 'magnum opus' and I am unlikely to forget the slog that it has been, nor his kindly remarks en route.

Now for the final countdown. Rewrite of intro then knuckle down to study and change accordingly :-)

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bluegerl
Mar. 31st, 2017 09:31 am (UTC)
OOOh I LOVED the satire/ lampooning.

fled with precipitation along the corridors. where did mr. Precipitation come in...oh hahahah hand in hand they fled...

Tis like 'he rode off in all directions' !!!

Gawd that is really painfully awful. And certainly if they bled each other enough to make a drink in a bowl they certainly WOULD see hallucinations!

Lordy me its funny.

Sorry about not being to make PRof glow with pleasure at your so hard hard work. seriouslly I have NO idea what they are trying to make anyone do with a perfectly ordinary book. (for me, books is just for reading and enjoying and seeing pictures in my mind from!) I am a heretic!

LOVE YOU love, and have a glorious audible weekend.
calico_pye
Mar. 31st, 2017 01:13 pm (UTC)
I think that universities like their students to practically autopsy books, for two reasons; 1) That there are varied and different ways of reading a book I. e. a psychoanalytical reading of 'Brave New World' is vastly different than a Marxist reading, 2) The analysis of the books gives the student to build their own ability to critically thinking , especially if they can compare and contrast with other texts.

It is all about writer's intention and reader's response in the end. After five years of analysing the crap out of books, I look forward to a time when I read for the sheer pleasure of it.

Have a great weekend, Looloo xx
spikesgirl58
Mar. 31st, 2017 01:59 pm (UTC)
will there be any playing during your break or will it be nose-to-the-grindstone time?
calico_pye
Mar. 31st, 2017 02:57 pm (UTC)
Alas, no - I have to overhaul the whole of the dissertation and slant it from a more 'critical argument' angle - I do fully expect to take some time off over the Easter hols, just to touch base with family etc.
spikesgirl58
Mar. 31st, 2017 03:34 pm (UTC)
That's rotten, but understandable. You are so close now.
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