revered authors

Gross Family argross at bigpond.net.au
Mon Mar 18 07:57:49 EST 2002



> Ros:
>
> >
> >As fate, or the gods, would have it, I was unable to receive or send
email
> >for a couple of days after I sent my last email, and wasn't able to reply
> >immediately!
>
> I'm sure there's something deeply significant about that, if we could
> only figure it out! :)

Yes, I had a similar feeling. :-)

> >(BTW, I *think* we are either about 12 hours or so ahead of US
> >time (depending on daylight saving and what area) but I don't know how
> >English/Irish time fits in with that.)
>
> I just wondered because your message was time stamped as our time +
> 1100, which seemed a lot.  We're on GMT which is 5 hours ahead of
> East Coast US time.  According to info I saw, Australia is 8-10 hours
> ahead of us.

OK, that's probably right, then.

> >I've now finised _TQofA_. The stairs scene came a little after I last
> >wrote--a bit after three-quarters of the way through--and I agree it was
a
> >wonderful scene, telling the reader so much in such a subtle way. In
fact, I
> >found the whole book to be written in this subtle, understated style, so
> >much the more moving and powerful for its restraint, for what it
*doesn't*
> >tell us as much for what it does. What a marvellous character study, of
both
> >Gen and the Queen. I absolutely loved the book, and can only thank
everyone
> >who recommended it, especially everyone who encouraged me to read it
after
> >seeing That Spoiler.
> >
> >IMO,  _TQ of A_ says much about the potency of restraint and subtlety in
the
> >creation of character in writing. It was so moving at the end (for me,
> >anyway) because of the painstaking and intricate portrayal of the
> >personalities of both the central characters, and because, although I did
> >guess at the ultimate outcome, I felt that it was not at all a foregone
> >conclusion.
>
> Big happy sigh.  Isn't it lovely to read someone else writing
> something like this about a book you loved?

Glad to oblige. :-)

Ros

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