Thursday, 5 July 2012

Middlemarch and me...


So i've been doing a bit of reading recently, that and i've been busy, on the farm (it's certified Organic, vegan readers might want to know more? But that's another story!)

True story...

 The farm volunteering has been going well, i have been working 4 days a week, the weekends off and today, for example i had the day off, so i was reading, all day long!

Not just reading, i have been climbing a Mt Everest of reading challenges, i've been reading a book that has been on 'The list' of books to read one day, and today was one of those days.

I remember seeing this book in Goa, in India and wanting to read it, that was 2004, it's one of those books that you have to build up to, in reading time, for me it seems like i have to be reading for a few hours every day

To be reading so much it's like your not even reading, your eyes are like a vacuum hoover, hoovering up the words and your imagining the scenes in question, so that you can see the characters in your minds eye and then it starts to get interesting, then your ready to hit Middlemarch!

What i quite like is the comparisons she makes when discussing topics and the descriptive language, after all we are talking about a chick here and she was a Professor of English, so i guess, she had the credentials for kicking a few literally field goals?

Introducing Ann, AKA George Elliot

If i was to do a University course now, literature would appeal (but that's not going to happen)

I'm still reading Middlemarch, so this post is a bit presumptuous (maybe there's room to be post presumptuous?)

Sometimes i'm lost in the plot, (google maps is no help either) sometimes i get it, sometimes i reread passages, sometimes i write the passages in my note book, it's very 'hands on', eyeballs too, both!

Middlemarch, kind of reminds me of a book called 'Tom Jones' by Henry Fielding, a bit hard to understand, but if or when you get it, Balm, it's gold, gold, gold!!

It's quite an experience when i do understand what the train of thought is, and to re read and to figure out what the train of thought was and to keep going to grasp the vibe of the scene!

 I have been writing a few of her quotes, with a mind to recreate them in the year 2012 and beyond, maybe drop them on Gen Y kids and beyond in the future that have never heard of books, i cant wait, i will 'seem' smart, intelligent, witty, composed, plagiarist?

Do you think i should get a pedicure? Will all the farm work give me away, calluses from hard work, would that be my downfall in my big break in the literary world

Something to read that i didn't write, take it away Ann
"Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.
"One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.
”Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities. 

One of my favorites:
"Correct English is the slang of prigs who write history and essays. And the strongest slang of all is the slang of prigs”
And passages like this...
"I fear you are a heretic about art generally. How is that? I should have expected you to be very sensitive to the beautiful everywhere."
"I suppose I am dull about many things," said Dorothea, simply. "I should like to make life beautiful - I mean everybody's life. And then all this immense expense of art, that seems somehow to lie outside life and make it no better for the world, pains one. It spoils my enjoyment of anything when I am made to think that most people are shut out from it."
"I call that the fanaticism of sympathy," said Will, impetuously. "You might say the same of landscape, of poetry, of all refinement. If you carried it out you ought to be miserable in your own goodness, and turn evil that you might have no advantage over others. The best piety is to enjoy - when you can. You are doing the most then to save the earth's character as an agreeable planet.
And enjoyment radiates. It is of no use to try and take care of all the world; that is being taken care of when you feel delight-in art or in anything else. Would you turn all the youth of the world into a tragic chorus, wailing and moralizing over misery? I suspect that you have some false belief in the virtues of misery, and want to make your life a martyrdom."
Will had gone further than he intended, and checked himself. But Dorothea's thought was not taking just the same direction as his own, and she answered without any special emotion -
 What George Elliot taught us?

She wasn't the only one that made a big splash in the written word, even though Shakespeare didn't much believe in writing things down

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