rohina at shaw.ca
Tue Apr 8 13:05:31 EDT 2003
>But there are too many. I can't remember the number offhand, but I
>believe it is about 100 pages into this retelling of Sleeping Beauty
>before you meet Sleeping Beauty herself. And it doesn't become her
>story, instead of Kat's, for a significant length of time after that.
>Because while each individual detail is very cool, all of them together
>overload the book, and make it too heavy for me.
See now, this is one of the things I loved about the book. I like
McKinley's description, because she can write a good sentence. I know some
people don't like her writing style, but it isn't as florid and
self-indulgent as McKillip. Plus, since I read a lot of 20th century
"serious" fiction, I probably have a higher tolerance.
>She didn't always do this. Though I've always had the sense that
>McKinley understands her worlds and characters fully, she used to pick
>specific places to explore those details. A moment which has always
>stood out for me in Beauty is when Beauty finds her bedroom in the
>Beast's house and rifles through the paper and inks on her desk. But it
>stands out because that is the one thing the narrator has chosen to
>describe with such affection. The loving sensual detail dwells on the
>paper and inks. I feel that if she were writing that book now, she'd
>have dwelled with just as much sensuality on the dresses, the books, the
>covers on the bed, the lighting fixture, the carvings in the windowsill
>-- and then it wouldn't be the papers and inks that would have such an
Really? I thought that a lot of the focus on detail was more of a feature
of *this* book, the way it was imagined, the story and the characters. The
way that the magic worked was all about details of experience, so I thought
they were appropriate to the vision of the book. I think maybe we need to
see the next book to decide if she really has fallen off the deep end in
the way that you suggest.
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