Caught my eye as well
Posted by Karen R on May 06, 1998 at 10:26:09:
In response to more on time of setting.., written by Kate on May 05, 1998 at 22:33:24
] apart from the reference to the Anglo Nicaraguan war of 1946, there's also a reference by Mr Neck, to finding another Clark Gable - who was "twenty years ago"
] Surely in 1932, Clark Gable was just starting his career? How prescient of Stella to know he'd be memorable.
] He's also looking for "a new Gary Cooper" who also must have been very new at that point. Ditto for Stella.
When I saw that, I went in search of my Halliwells. Gable had been in many films in the early '30s, although by their titles, none were terribly memorable. It Happened One Night was in 1934, before this book was written.
All the futuristic references I now view as mere contrivances to either amuse us. She may be parodying the genre. Case in point, her vision of the picture phone. She took an everyday item (the radio) and made it into a television. I'm not quite sure, but I do believe that television had been invented earlier than we assume.
Also, the Anglo-Nicaraguan War. Weren't there a number of South American countries that won their independence during the early part of the century?
She may have been using that farcical background to comment on the atrocities of WWI. Just a thought.
- CCF was published in 1932.... Kate 12:52:07 5/06/98 (1)
- Exactly Karen R 13:34:24 5/06/98 (0)
- Not South American Constanza 12:34:53 5/06/98 (8)
- LA history bananite 12:07:57 5/13/98 (0)
- Geography ;-) Karen R 13:38:34 5/06/98 (6)
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