This is the first book in a really long time that drew me in completely and kind of woke me up. There is more to what I've written hear about the experience of the city but I'm trying to get away from hermeneutics. I think it can be a bad habit where you project too much of yourself into the text. So really a review but kind of a sentiment that I'm left with after reading the book:
The book was very good and I think it mostly has to do with Marquez’ writing style. The way he built each character was probably the best example of it. The book has very little dialogue but the characters get developed by little anecdotes that he leaves in between sentences. They happen so quickly that they sometimes feel like afterthoughts but the book really becomes a collection of these idiosyncrasies. They become the subtext of the story that gives your imagination room to breathe. The way he writes the characters gives the story a great rhythm.
And the idiosyncrasies are passed down through the family line. Patterns repeat and there is almost an inevitable fate destined for each character. Members of the family imprint themselves on one another and shape the course of each other’s lives both literally and symbolically. The cyclicality of time and history is an important idea in the book and I think it has something to do with how we imprint ourselves on one another. In the story there is a Spanish galleon that has been shipwreck deep inland. It happened many years ago from the beginning of the story and nobody understands how it got there. Eventually most people forget it is even there. And I think that is how the influence of family customs, personalities, etc act within ourselves. They get passed down the line without anyone even remembering where they came from or why they are there.
Now, DFW was one of my favorite writers, I love his first novel and his essay/short story collections, this book has always intimidated me but I've decided to read it since I have the week off. Almost 200 pages in, it was bursts of brilliance but also has long stretches of insanely detailed mundane writing that is really tough to get through (and it's just like - get on with it already dude). Going to continue it but I definitely need to read a lighter book along with this.
Last edited by irondarts : 05-27-2014 at 10:56 PM.
Paul Thomas Anderson is adapting this into a film coming out this year, with Joaquin Phoenix playing the main character (a hippy, stoner Private Investigator) and Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Benicio Del Toro also starring. Here's what Phoenix looks like for the film:
Should be a great film.
Last edited by irondarts : 06-02-2014 at 11:29 PM.