Re: Angels and Insects
Posted by Karen R on October 23, 1997 at 17:52:52:
In response to Keep going, Karen!, written by Jane E. on October 23, 1997 at 09:39:01
] Thank you so much for all this wonderful research. My Eng Lit education is weaker than I thought, and you've really increased my admiration for Byatt's density and complexity.
] I was thinking about Christabel's egg riddle yesterday, and saw another color analogy: the golden yolk and white of the egg and the gold-and-white color of both C. and Maud.
] BTW, did you read Angels and Insects? There, the white-skinned characters are decadent, not magical.
I know this is weird, but I couldn't get into that book. I read the first story and thought...oh, that's Ok...and then started the second one at least three times and got bored. I've read Byatt's Frederica Potter series (Virgin in the Garden, Still Life and Babel Tower, now there's a doorstopper for you). Maybe I'll try again. One time I even tried to rent the movie and it turned out the tape was defective (not at all viewable) and I never tried again. Fate was against me.
BTW, I read somewhere that it was no coincidence (never is with Byatt) that the words Insects and Incest sound so alike!!
P.S. Little, if any of this goes back to the courses I took in college--no poetry at all. I'm just exercising my mind in ways I haven't done for years (been focused too much on corporate mumbo jumbo). Shaking out the cobwebs, so to speak. And...it's fun.
Christabel's poem is going to have to wait until next week.
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