Racism (was Re: Hugh Lofting)
sodgers at tassie.net.au
Thu Feb 6 23:23:00 EST 2003
> Well, *I* loved it so CLEARLY it's a great book!!! It made me cry!!!!
> Honestly, I don't remember that I loved _Gatsby_, but it made an
> on me...something about the world and the descriptions. Usually I give
> "great" books two chances before I brush them aside completely. _Treasure
> Island_ struck out a long time ago. _Wuthering Heights_ only got one
I loathed the book for the sickly decadent atmosphere, because I disliked
all the characters and, above all, for the style. In almost every case
Fitzgerald chose the synonym I would be *least* likely to use, and he
seemed to choose for general nastiness.
I'm not saying it's a poor book. I'm saying I have a great distaste for it.
I'm also not saying my choice of synonym is *right*, just that someone with
*such* different reactions to words is too far from my ken for us to be
"friends". DWJ's choices almost always agree with mine, BTW - I wonder if
that's what ultimately draws me to a writer's style?
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