Why we enjoy/canīt bear tragedies- thatīs the question
Posted by sanna on September 05, 1998 at 03:53:02:
In response to Is Tess too sad and depressing?, written by Constanza on September 04, 1998 at 15:58:41
] Well, sorry for the ramble...It's only that of lately I am finding it too hard to be in high spirits...I guess it's just my winter mood ;-)
My apologies Cos, I forgot your winter mood when I wrote this. Donīt let it shatter you...You just opened my mind to many things, thank you.
"It was to be" - I had myself some slight hesitations about Tess after seeing the awful and nightmare-giving movie Jude this summer. But now I enjoy the style of the writing so much - even in the translation thereīs so much air, lightness and wideness in it...! Hardy has been just īa bowing acquaintanceī with me till this day, but fortunately more warmly thought than Capt. Wentworth by Sir Walter. John Fowles contemplates the sources of Hardyīs love poems and doomy-gloomy romanticism in his book "The French Lieutnantīs Woman", has anyone read...? Itīs an old lit.crit. question: how much an author writes his own life in his books, corrected/dramatized/exorcized/idolized/humorized life, but still a life...and often a more īrealī life than the one of the original.
Itīs always rather mysterious how we find sad, threatening fates comforting, exalting or depressing. I wonīt recommend War and Peace, either you get it but if you donīt there are other great books in the world... But Iīd love to tell that my prime time with W&P has been these last mature 5 yrs after reading it constantly from the age of 12. The losses, deaths, infidelities etc. are gathered together in the end, and only then, when youīve travelled with the persons the long way and all the pain in it, you find clarification and contentment. Itīs horrible to lose Andrei, but we are losing our beloved ones all the time by death in the wars and by misunderstandings and... I hated parts of the plot when I was younger. I read Little Women and Gone With The Wind at the same time, losing supposedly īrightīmen was just not to be accepted...But now LW and GWTW are in shades, mainly b/c they donīt make their point / donīt deliver the goods/ tell the story credibly (my English fails me...) But I still imagine myself to be Duchess Maria, as I did 25 yrs ago.;-)
There is a beautiful epilogue, too, in W&P, just like a one you sometimes miss with Austen novels. The growth of the soul and seeing clearly are the stuff of Great Literary Minds like Tolstoy and Austen.
Hardy I have just started to learn, so Iīll still keep a low profile...But itīs Sept. 5th , so Tess Has Arrived On This Board. ;-)
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