[DWJ] Re: Cooper and humor
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!
> 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,
>>> 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.
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