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Missing Jane

16 Jul

I don’t want to read The Trial today.  I feel crabby about Kafka.  Want to whine with me?

I woke up this morning missing Jane Eyre.  What happened to books like Brontë wrote?  Jane Eyre had some creepy, dream-like parts (as does The Trial), but I’m tired of

  • people without real names–Joseph K.  What does the K stand for?
  • weird relationships–I’ve never met you Fräulein Bürstner, but I’m Joseph K., and I’m going to stalk you and then passionately kiss you the first time we meet.
  • the author’s attempt to shock– What is up with the law books being pornographic drawings?  Or what’s with the bizarre beating of the wardens in the law office lumber closet?
  • lack of emotional connection to characters–How can I root for Joseph?  I don’t know anything about him.
  • experimental writing–I’m a primogeniture; I like rules.

Perhaps my rebellious feelings come from reading one experimental book after another: Mrs. Dalloway followed by The Trial.   I’m tired of feeling lost.  I want to care about characters.  I want to be able to follow plot.  For that matter, I want to enjoy reading.

What happened to happily ever after?  I miss Jane Eyre.jane eyre

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Posted by on July 16, 2013 in Jane Eyre, The Trial

 

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8 responses to “Missing Jane

  1. Tonia

    July 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I am in complete agreement. I think that is why I need to read other things at the same time. I try to do my WEM reading at least 4 times a week but I’d go crazy if that was all I read. Give me a happy book and/or a nice plot any day.

     
    • Christine

      July 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      4 times a week sounds good. I used to have upstairs books and downstairs books. My WEM novel was always downstairs (away from my comfy bed). Perhaps if I’d get back to doing that I’d be less crabby.

       
  2. April

    July 16, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I have had a bunch of time in the car this week and have listened to quite a bit of this book between bits of news (and my preschooler’s requests for U2). I have started to think about The Trial in parallel to Trayvon Martin and the continued cultural persecution of Black America. These thoughts have made the book a bit more rich and meaningful to me.

    I think Native Son is coming soon and if I recall correctly, this will also be an interesting parallel.

    I agree, however, that the women in this book are exceptionally odd and not ones I am yearning to be friends with.

     
    • Christina Joy

      July 22, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Oooh, nice connections. I’m going to have to give this some thought. It is when I can bring myself out of the story and start analyzing its “argument” and place within truth and the world that I start enjoying things that on the surface are unenjoyable. Thanks for the motivation, and thought provoking connections.

       
    • Christine

      July 28, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Interesting. I don’t know anything about Native Son. I think I’ll be relieved if has plot and fewer absurdities.

       
  3. Norma carey

    July 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I would rather be a doorkeeper in the House of the Lord than the doorkeeper in Chapter Nine.
    And that is all I have to say about this surreal, bizarre and boring book!

     

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