Friday, August 20, 2004
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Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
I'm not sure if I liked this. I think it seemed quaint and forced, simplistic, childish.
The ideas in it make me curious, make me think I should maybe read it again. But the impressions I got from the first time are discouraging.
Hocus Pocus, Kurt Vonnegut
I did a project comparing this to The Diviners, and one thing I remember emphasising was how the timeline in Hocus Pocus straddles both the near past and the near future. It starts some 20 years before the book was written, and ends some 20 years after. I thought that was a mark of the author's confidence.
I think it was quite good, though I don't remember what it was about, and its memory makes me want to read more Vonneguts.
The Diviners, Margaret Laurence
I remember doing my homework about this book and finding an article that listed this book's first sentence as among the top first sentences of all time. It starts: "The river flowed both ways." And I think it continues with the same force.