"The best moments in reading are when you come across something- a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person who you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours. "
-Hector, 'The History Boys', Alan Bennett
I took the Which fairy tale character are you? test and got Little Red Riding Hood as a result, along with the following lines...
"Little Red Riding Hood:
You are devoted to family, but don't always listen to their advice. You are quite poor at recognizing people if they look just a little different. You are quite fashionable. You bring people baskets of goodies when they are feeling down. You are attracted to woodsmen."
To make matters more complicated there are different professors responsible for nominating Erasmus out-going canditates, so I don't know whether it's better to apply for both things or to settle for one. GAH! Desicions!
All in all, I like this way more than what I read in THIS article, written in 1974 by Andrew Hodges and David Hutter, which I find rather ridiculous in thinking that Forster could have actually brought on homosexual law reform by outing himself, and agressively attacks him.
So much today, on E.M. Forster.
Tom Ripley here, Tom Ripley there, I kept my father up with the story of the first Ripley novel. And Tom Ripley slept in a car once, I said, so it doesn't matter if we sleep in the car the night we board the ferry.
And I have new proof that the world is indeed very small.
Hardy, Hardy, Thomas Hardy, how I love thee! All the drama and unhappiness, the deaths and loneliness. Didn't I always say I prefer happy endings?
But that's the one thing you can never get in his gripping stories. The incident described above takes place in his story "Barbara of the House of Grebe". Barbara worships the mentioned statue, that shows her first husband in all his glory before his handsome face was destroyed by fire, and who, after finding Barbara unable to resume her love for him, leaves her and dies soon after that. The second husband, who's described as determined and brutal, employs a fellow to distort the statue to resemble the man after the deformation, in order to make his wife love him! Aaand he succeeds. Barbara gets all clingy and nervous and he annoyed. In series she gives birth to eleven children, of whom only one daughter reach adulthood. Then Barbara dies and he never remarries.
In other stories poetic women get obsessed about poets (as happens in "An Imaginative Woman") and die without having met him but being suspected of having had an affair with, or touch a hanged man's neck to obtain healing of a wound that cannot be otherwise healed and die afterwards ("The Withered Arm") and men that are unable to marry the girls they love because their wives don't die quickly enough ("Fellow Townsmen").
I want to read one of his novels, now.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ
I cheated a bit, I guess. Some of them (e.g. "Wuthering Heights") I have only read in shortened `easy reader´ versions eight or seven years ago. At least I didn't bold the books I wasn't sure whether I had read them or not, like "Oliver Twist"and "David Copperfield".
What is cool that I have special conditions: Attending the course on Israeli film I only pay three Euros instead of five for the ticket. I only have to say my name in order to attain the reduction. I like that!
In the afternoon I visited a Grace - Kelly - Exhibition, that featured a lot of very pretty photographs of her and a documentary film. I was with Nina, whom I had not seen in a very long time, and afterwards we had some Ice - cream. It has been very hot today, now it has cooled off and started raining and thundering.
I will probably leave the computer now and retire to bed to read either "Howard's End", which I have just started and that presently stresses me out a bit, though I can not say exactly why (-it's the characters, I think, somehow they talk too much and too quickly for my liking-), or instead start Isherwood's "Goodbye to Berlin".
But somehow I also feel reviewing David Leavitt's "While England Sleeps", a book that I finished reading the day before yesterday and that stirred me a bit, before indulging in a new novel.
Then, after a shower, the whole day lying ahead of me, I decided to go to a bookshop, just to find it closed. So I went into Designer clothes shops instead, dried on gorgeous vintage dresses that I decided were way too expensive for me, and instead bought a cute red & white dress for 30 Euros.
One can say that today was the day were honesty entered my diary. It was a good experience.
E.M. Forster on what he calls the `teacup of experience´ in his novel "The longest Journey":
"Oh, that teacup! To be taken at prayers, at friendship, at love, till we are quite sane, quite efficient, quite experienced, and quite useless to God or man. We must drink it, or we shall die.
But we need not drink it always. Here is our problem and our salvation. There comes a moment - God knows when - at which we can say: `I will experience no longer. I will create, I will be an experience.´ But do to this we must be both acute and heroic. For it is not easy, after accepting six cups of tea, to throw the seventh in the face of the hostess."
I really really like it, the style and the metaphor of the teacup and all!