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- Keeping it Bohemian!
- Me, Myself, and I
- One need not be a chamber to be haunted-
One need not be a house-
The brain has corridors-
Surpasing material place-
I just finished my 20'000 word MPhil dissertation on Native writer Sherman Alexie's book 'Reservation Blues'. Its real good Must be or I wouldn't have written so much on it
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It just came into my head today that I read this freaky series by Virginia Andrews called 'The Dollanganger Series'. (She's written millions but this was the most famous).
The books are:
1. 'Flowers in the Attic'
2. 'Petals on the Wind'
3. 'If There Be Thorns'
4. 'Seeds of Yesterday'
5. 'Garden of Shadows'
The series was of the Gothic and Family-Saga genres, centred around four siblings- Cathy, Chris, Corey and Carrie. They all had white-blonde hair and were nicknamed 'The Dresden Dolls'. (Yip, this is where the band say they got their name).
There was intrigue, suspicious deaths, big old houses and (gasp!) INCEST.
Has anyone read them? If not, do they are sooo deliciously good and I don't consider them to be low-brow (this is coming from a Trinner) so neither should you!
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'The House on Mango Street is a coming-of-age novella by Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros, published in 1984. It deals with a young Latina girl, Esperanza Cordero, growing up in the Chicago Chicano ghetto.
The House on Mango Street covers a year in the life of Esperanza, a twelve year old girl when the novel begins. During the year, she moves with her family into a house on Mango Street. The house is in the center of a crowded Latino neighborhood in Chicago, a city where many of the poor areas are racially segregated. Esperanza does not have any privacy, and she resolves that she will someday leave Mango Street and have a true home.
The novella charts her life as Esperanza matures during the year, both physically and emotionally. She begins to write as a way of expressing herself and as a way to escape the suffocating effect of the neighborhood. The novella also includes the stories of many of Esperanza’s neighbors, giving a full picture of the neighborhood and showing the many influences surrounding her. Esperanza quickly befriends Lucy and Rachel, two Chicana girls who live across the street. Lucy, Rachel, Esperanza, and Esperanza’s little sister, Nenny, have many adventures in the small space of their neighborhood.' (Wikipedia)
Basically its a tiny little book with a big heart & a great intro to Chicano/a literature.
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A while back, I attended a lecture by a literary editor for an Irish publishing house. She held the opinion that young novelists are so self obsessed that their protagonists are largely thinly-disguised, dramatized versions of themselves. Now as a young novelist working my way through my third novel, I have issues with this notion. Comments?2 Replies 294 weeks
Can you fully understand a piece of literature without knowing anything about the author? Or should you be told nothing about them to avoid clouding your judgement?1 Reply 304 weeks