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Sounds like fun. Have a good one!
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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.