Ambiguous nature & Good lit

jessie shelton at phoenix.Princeton.EDU
Tue Aug 17 15:51:26 EDT 1999

On Wed, 21 Jul 1999, Hallie O'Donovan wrote:

>  I know quite a few people on the list have read _The Perilous Gard_

<quietly scribbles down addition to reading list in background>

> I know I'm going to tread on some toes here, but I cannot see  a similar
> value to Pamela Dean's _Tam Lin_ as an equal to F & H.  I liked a lot of
> elements in it - the ghosts, the love of literature, but somehow, it just
> isn't in the same class for me.

>  Maybe this points to part of the problem with Tam Lin for me.   I liked
> the ideas Dean played around with (especially the choice of a college
> campus as a place to spend a few hundred years in touch with everything -
> though she certainly didn't go to MY Uni.!), but you have to be able to
> live in the characters as well, and I didn't feel very expanded by living
> in these characters for a time.  Quite the opposite.  And lets face it -
> worrying about getting pregnant may well have been the over-riding concern
> for many throughout college, but contraceptive worries don't make for
> riveting reading.

> I'd better finish now before I start addressing too many other interesting
> topics I've seen raised here.

Oh, but why?  If they're interesting, you might as well make them more so.

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