"A (wo)man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of (her)his life in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of beautiful God has implanted in the human soul."- Goethe

Friday, March 25, 2011

Ghost Story

I recently listened to Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner. It's heavy and intense, but really good. I think the best way to describe it is that it's a mix between Heart of Darkness (an all-time favorite!) and Oedipus Rex.

Some themes to consider while reading this piece are:
  • ghost and phantoms solidifying and people fading into ghostliness
  • various viewpoints on what makes a man or woman a gentleman or lady
  • curses that are passed through generations, fatalism
  • moments of insanity to remind us we are actually sane or moments of sanity to remind us we are actually insane
  • bigamy, incest, sired offspring
  • differences between men and women in dealing with grief, making do during rough situations, and what their aspirations are
  • holding no grief or pity for oneself, but holding it for others.

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