Sounds like fun. Have a good one! P. Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >I read Parade's End nearly 40 years ago & remember only that it impressed me >at the time. > >Over the last couple of weeks I've listened to an audio version, and also >listened to The Good Soldier, which I have never read. > >Unfortunately, the recording of The Good Soldier didn't 'mark' chapters, and >I lost my place a couple of times, thus adding to the mixture of time the >book itself offers. It still impressed me. > >There is no way I am going to delve into published criticism of Ford, but >would be interested if anyone on this list has anything to say about it. > >I'm beginning to wonder how well an oral presentation 'preserves' prose >style (and some vers styles). I was profoundly moved listening to a >recording of Fitzgerald's translation of the Iliad. Even the Catalogue of >Ships (which I had often skipped while reading it) was quite wonderful. But >a reading of PL I have doesn't hold me as the printed text once did, & I was >profoundly disappointed by a reading of Paradise Regained, which in many >ways has been my favorite poem; nothing in the language, except perhaps >Austen's Mansfield Park & Emma have the absolute sureness of phrase joined >to phrase, sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph that PR has. Every >sentence binds to the following. But that doesn't come through in an audio >version. Prose just doesn't seem to _feel_ like prose when read aloud. One >needs to see it on the page.!!!! > >Oh Well. > >Carrol > >P.S. I'll be out of the country for three weeks. My son & his wife just >married in NYC but are now going to Romania for a wedding at the home of her >parents. Jan & I will do a bit of travelling afterword. Tomorrow will be >rough. Chicago to Frankfort to Bucharest, nearly 24 hours. And we will leave >for Chicago by car at 8:30 am tomorrow. Back Aug. 10.