other authors to compare with DWJ
hallieod at indigo.ie
Wed Sep 1 06:46:46 EDT 1999
>_Is_ and _Cold Shoulder Road_ are my least favourites! Is is not nearly as
>good a character as Dido. _The Wolves of Willoughby Chase_ and _Dido and
>Pa_ are my favourites. I'm looking forward to getting hold of _Limbo
Don't get me wrong Kylie. Dido is one of my all-time most-loved
characters. I think my respect for _Is_ stems partly from the fact that I
could like it so much, despite losing Dido after _Dido and Pa_ . Getting
me to allow anyone else to take centre stage from Dido was no small task!
I still want another Dido book badly, and _Limbo Lodge/Dangerous Games_
just won't do it for me.
What IS that thing with some characters? Obviously they're well-written,
we've all identified good characterization as a huge strength of DWJ (and
those other "other authors"), but what is it about some particular ones
that become part of your life in a real sense. Sometimes bringing a
feeling of loss as well as of enrichment. It's not necessarily related to
identification - certainly not with Dido and me (though I do now curse in
Recently remembered a wonderful line from _Northanger Abbey_ which pertains
to the accessibility topic. When Henry tells Catherine he understands her
perfectly well, she replies:
"Me? yes; I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible."
No wonder the Joyceans dislike Jane Austen.
(hallieod at indigo.ie)
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