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28 February 2009 @ 10:32 pm
The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler

God, I don't even want to talk about this book. Up till the last quarter, it was interesting enough, but it was like Butler got bored of it just when I did. WHAT WAS THE POINT OF ERNEST, SERIOUSLY. Has anyone else even read this book? Can you shed some light on this?

The only vaguely interesting element was the condemnation of belief and the Church, which was lukewarm at best, but probably felt boiling hot in 186-something. Or 1927. Or 1993.

Or, wait? Are the Pontifexes real people? Because that would be kind of cool. And explain why they were all such unmitigated assholes.

he said he did not like the kitten because it had pins in its toes. - OKAY, OKAY, THAT WAS CUTE.

Previously, on Book Glomp 2009:
He Knew He Was Right, Anthony Trollope
The Bostonians, Henry James
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
For Esme - with Love and Squalor, JD Salinger
The Outsider, Albert Camus
The Princess Diaries: Ten out of Ten, Meg Cabot
The Vicar of Bullhampton, Anthony Trollope
Molesworth, Geoffrey Willans
Villette, Charlotte Bronte
The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Scene girls: blue crownsscoradh on March 4th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
You read it MORE THAN ONCE? Wow. It was one of those books that was a happy read because it wasn't painful, but nothing about it would tempt me to do it twice.

I was horrified by Theo! HE BEAT HIM WHEN HE WAS TWO, YE GODS. That's only a BABY!

My copy had no intro. Or blurb! Yay! It was one of those stupid 'grand masters' copies with the cracked gold cover and the assumption that you're only buying them for show, so who cares what they're about?

Alethea was terribly convenient, and I never bought the narrator not marrying her. (Or the narrator in general. Omnipotent POV like whoa.) Gay - that works!
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Pretty facescoradh on March 4th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, but the impression I got was that he was beating him with a cane or something, sufficient to draw blood. Which is not okay, in my book.

I can see the autobiographical element in it now - I should have guessed. WHY do people do that? Also looking at Charlotte Bronte. Either write autobiography or fiction, don't mix the two! It's unholy!