Post by SketchyMagpie on Sept 9, 2017 11:55:15 GMT
Just finished a reeeeeeally difficult chapter in Jerusalem which is, quite honestly, an amazing piece of writing and almost like a literary psychedelic experience. The chapter is about James Joyce's daughter, Lucia (a real person who is buried in Northampton) and the entire thing is written in an unforgiving mix of phonetic pronunciations and a disregard of sentence structure, meaning several words bleed into one another. But then he also replaces parts of those pronunciations with words relating to the character's emotions (for example - the word 'considering' in the context of being disturbed by the revealed information is written as 'conshuddering') meaning that every word has multiple dimensions to be interpreted, if you can decipher the words at all.
I have to admit I tapped out after a few pages (the chapter is about 50 pages long) because I just couldn't follow along, then I saw a suggestion online to read it along with a clip from the audiobook that's on YouTube and I found that helped greatly. Not only was I able to (mostly) understand what was happening, but the aforementioned implantation of words to expand upon the context jumped out at me far more and I was able to enjoy the chapter.
Apparently it's written in a similar style to Finnegan's Wake, which I've not read, but that chapter definitely felt like a difficulty spike!
Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks has sections a bit like that. One of the characters is dyslexic and his sections of the book are written phonetically in the first person, wich is initially tricky to get your head round, but by the end of the book you're reading it just as easily as the rest of the text.
I started The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula La Guin the other day. Classic sci fi.
If you're going to read the Culture books, start with The Player of Games, which is actually the second novel in the series. Consider Phlebas is the first but more of an aside to the main world. Player of Games gives a much better overview. Use of Weapons, the third novel is brilliant.
Oh good. In that case I've read loads. I don't think I'm dyslexic but I end up re- reading a page over and over again to take it in because it seems like a soup of words. So I like them being read to me. Shit, maybe I am dyslexic. Hmmm Just on Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. It's of it genre, best to get it read. Been there done that etc.