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|Reminds me of Monty Python
Written by Jenny Allan
(6/26/2006 5:31 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Jumping about randomly., penned by Reeba
The way the juvenelia stories move around abruptly with absurd happenings and abrupt changes reminds me of Monty Python episodes where they would just use the absurd juxtaposition of one topic to another to get a laugh or simply move on quickly as soon as the meat of the joke had been laid out. JA was truly ahead of her time, and her comic timing as a youngster shows how really professional she was at the serious business of getting laughs. I also think the randomness of the plotting has a satirical element pointing out that in novels, sometimes plot elements seem to come out of nowhere. I read the Juvenelia and then I read Fielding's Shamela the parody of Richardson's Pamela, and I think the some of the longer pieces in the Juvanelia skewer alot of the same ridiculous qualities and does so with more economy and bigger laughs.
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