And Yet Another Newcomer
JOdel at aol.com
JOdel at aol.com
Mon Sep 6 14:15:43 EDT 1999
I'm going to have to admit that a Merlin analogy never occured to me when
reading Aunt Maria (we yanks are politically correct at all costs
don'tcha'kno...), but then I'll also have to admit that Aunt Maria is my
least favorite of Jones' novels. And if it's going to get Arthurian on me it
will undoubtedly remain so, since I find most things Arthurian repellent. But
I suspect that you are right, and that there are further similarities for
people to pick out like raisins from the muelsi.
It isn't actually the story itself which repells me. I have a strong stomach
and Time of the Ghost is nastier (and Homeward Bounders far more unhappy) But
I think that Jones was a bit too clever in this one. Her narriator gets
swamped by a spell of dullness early on and it does too good a job of
infecting the telling, which you follow along more or less out of habit right
up to the transformation -- which hits you like a bucket of ice water. That
wakes you up all right, but by that time the events have gotten away from you
and you are never quite convinced that you've managed to catch up enough to
be sure of what is going on. I much prefer to be artfully led up the garden
path as in Hexwood where all the clues are scrupulously placed right out in
plain sight, and you look right past them because you haven't got the right
context for them yet.
Since you can often see tracings of themes from earlier novels in Jonses's
current work, I am getting a strong feeling that I see something of Aunt
Maria in Dark Lord's Mr Chesney figure. Anyone agree?.
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