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petulant, peevish, pretentious,
This review is from: Little, Big (Fantasy Masterworks) (Paperback)
Not really a novel, more a theological exploration. Each episode enacted by the characters constitutes very little action, and really only serves as a sort of fable on which to hang various speculations about how plastic the interface between human perception and external reality is. But maybe that's being too fair. Mostly its self indulgent solipism that is given a patina of credibility by being presented in a superficially systematic and methodical way. This is, effectively, one huge message book that begins to collapse very quickly under its own very heavy, ponderous and morbid weight. You'd be better off joining a religious cult, at least you'd get a chance to 'act out' for real.
I say petulent and peevish because the tone is like that. At one point one of the characters, Drinkwater, who has the magical ability to understand the speech of animals, is said to be known not to be very funny. Then the author quickly goes on to say, with the exception of the millions of children that read Drinkwater's animal stories in the newspaper. Its a strange gratuitous swipe at the reader, but it wakes the reader up to noticing Crowley's very negative attitude about everything.
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Initial post: 1 Mar 2011 21:50:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Mar 2011 21:52:19 GMT
G. J. Mcintyre says:
How you could have interpreted the Drinkwater comment as "a strange gratuitous swipe at the reader" is beyond me. I'd say Crowley was simply hinting, and in an affable tongue-in-cheek way, that children see things that adults don't.
And if you really want a "very negative attitude about everything" you should try reading your own reviews. I suggest you write more about the items you like. If there are any.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2012 18:36:37 BDT
Well said GJ Mcintyre. Little, Big is a sophisticated , marvellous tale and not to everyone's tastes.
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