[DWJ] Re: Cooper and humor

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Thu Feb 23 02:49:33 EST 2006


I think Will and his family have a nice sense of relationship, and they 
are lighthearted together, but there aren't really jokes as such.

Juliette Curtis wrote:

> It's not the only joke. There are a few in TDIR in the scenes of Will 
> and his family, and I dimly remember some in OSUS. I agree that the 
> drooling joke was lame and that jokes in general seem out of place in 
> this series.
>
> I read this series almost every year, usually in midwinter. They are 
> most effective if you read them when you are alone in the house with 
> all the lights off except for one lamp, with a  fire burning, and with 
> a glass of good red in your hand. Atmosphere!
>
> Juliette
>
>
> Robyn Starkey wrote:
>
>>
>>>>       Well, there is that place in 'Grey King' where Bran is 
>>>> explaining how
>>>> to pronounce Welsh, and What'hisname-the-youngest-Oldest says that 
>>>> he expects
>>>> that Welsh babies drool a lot, because the strange pronunciations 
>>>> cause you
>>>> to spray and...  Well, it was kind of funny.
>>>>   
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> That was the only example of humour in Cooper that I could think of, 
>>> too.
>>>
>>> OTOH, some of my Welsh-speaking friends found it rather offensive.
>>>  
>>>
>> I thought it was kind of lame, because it sticks out. I think one of 
>> the things that makes Cooper's writing work is its gravitas. That 
>> sense of seriousness seems to work to give the books a mythic feel - 
>> every little event is so important. There isn't really room for 
>> lightheartedness, which is fine because it is effective. Then she has 
>> ONE joke; it's just peculiar.
>>
>> robyn
>>
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