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11 February 2009 @ 02:22 am
I said Kavalier and Clay was "pure fun." The starting point for this novel is the Holocaust. What I mean is: there is not much thinking involved. Or meant. Because we are delving deeper into the Holocaust, folks. And it is not all candy and marmalade. Originally, it felt like it was just background. This is the part of W.W.II that's "pure fun." You know who the good guys are and you root for them.  But once you get into the feelings of helplessness revolving around tolerating atrocities it is more morally ambiguous. Less pure fun.

The record is corrected and now I can sleep.

With a long E, as in Evilevelynnash on February 13th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
I think it took me six good months to get through that book, yet I enjoyed it at every turn. And I could actually hear an orchestra swell leading up to that last line.

I don't have much of anything good to say about Yiddish Policeman's Union, though. I think it was supposed to be a fuck you to the gentiles.
bootsinrain on February 13th, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
The "Kavalier & Clay" line? It sounds like a law firm. But it sounds good.

Fuck you to the gentiles? Nah. It is just a silly exercise in noir. I liked it.
With a long E, as in Evilevelynnash on February 13th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
I was reading the book at work one day and got hungry, so I took it to Chipotle with me for lunch. When I got there, I realized that I only had, like, 3 pages left to read, and it kind of sucked finishing such an epic novel amidst Mexican food. But still, orchestra.

There was seriously so much of YPU that I didn't understand at all, though. I mean, I had to look up what a golem was while reading K and C, so I clearly just wasn't Jewish enough to handle it.