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Thursday, 07 May 2015

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Amateur Reader (Tom)

The illustrations are highly appropriate - thanks!

The description of the house - the inside tour matched with the exterior - is a masterpiece, one of many in the novel.

I will note that you can ride a bicycle, or ride in a car, train, or plane, so "ride" does not particularly imply horses. Although in this book, where everything moves sideways, follow your intuition, right?

I have been posting about some of the related reading I have been doing, but there is no way on earth I am going to write about this book until I'm done with it. Such is my training, or such is my neurosis.

Helen

They are terrific, aren't they?

Thanks for explaining 'ride' so nicely, I suppose that cultural difference gives an extra veneer of strangeness to the whole experience. And everything moving sideways is so apt: you think you have your finger on something and it slips away. That's partly why I thought I'd post as I go along. (The other reason is that if I wait until I finish it, it might very well be July...)

I enjoyed your post about Carlo Ginzburg and am desperate to read The Night Battles now! I'm off to see what else you've been reading. For everyone else, here are the links:

http://wutheringexpectations.blogspot.be/2015/05/an-irrational-outgrowth-carlo-ginzburg.html
http://wutheringexpectations.blogspot.be/2015/05/we-dont-mean-that-sort-we-hate-em-too.html
http://wutheringexpectations.blogspot.be/2015/05/the-more-i-read-about-it-more-my.html

I suspect I'm going to regret not reading Sylvie and Bruno.

Helen

Oh and Annabel has written a first post: https://gaskella.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/little-big-john-crowley-readalong/

Have I missed any others? Let me know.

Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

I'm not sure if I'm going to post about Little, Big or just enjoy everyone else's posts as I read along. I did complete the first book, so I'm in sync with you at least. Hoping I'll be able to keep up the pace.

Helen

Oh I hope you do write about it Lory! Are you enjoying it?

Ahem, you're actually ahead of me. I haven't finished Book 1 yet. I just flew into a tizzy yesterday that I must get on and write something!

JM Schreiber

With all the best intentions I have committed myself to this journey. The book has been sitting on my shelves for several years. However I am no more than a few pages in at the moment with a other few books to tie up first, so I am unlikely to post until after mid-month. In the meantime I've admired all the lovely images but will only glance at the words until I catch up!

Helen

Hello Joe! Your blog is new to me, I have only discovered it thanks to this readalong and I'm looking forward to reading more of your writing. Good luck with Little, Big! I must say, it's turning out to be a bigger commitment than I anticipated, but lovely.

Bellezza

Helen, how lovely your indepth thoughts on this book! And I love the photograph of the "yellow" hoise offering us many perspectives as you mention that Crowley does, too. I have been self conscious that I might miss obvious literary pieces inh is book, but I am abandoning that for the pure pleasure of reading it. I think this is a perfect book to read as a group becuase it has so much to discuss, so much to ponder, so much to interpret. Sure,y there isn't just one right answer, and therefore I don't have to be concerned.

Helen

Thank you! I too am convinced I am missing lots of literary references, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Tom writes about it. But I believe that if a novel is any good, it works without that background knowledge. And this is such a lovely read, isn't it?

So very true there's no one right answer, and with all his shifts, and maybes, and half-seen things, Crowley encourages us in that.

I can't wait to read your thoughts! You always have something interesting to say. :)

Annabel

I have struggled slightly to get into the book so far and am rather behind being only halfway through the first section - but Smoky is now at Edgewood and my fingers are crossed that I can get in to. Love those pictures by the way - I'm sort of imagining Edgewood as a pop-up house that folds away when you go round the corner.

I doubt I'll get any of the references (unless they're that obvious) so I hope others can enlighten me...

Helen

There's a good initial discussion of references on Dolce Bellezza's first post about Little, Big (http://dolcebellezza.net/2015/05/13/little-big-book-1-edgewood/). Needless to say, they had pretty much all zoomed by me. :) I don't think it matters terribly. I like your picture of Edgewood as a pop-up house!

Bellezza

Never meant to zoom by, somehow I get all compulsive and just keep reading. I thought I would post on Books 1-3 in the middle of the month, and write a post of the last thee books at the end of May. Believe me, your post is much needed with all its information and illustrations! I value all your insight, when I seem to specialize in pointing out the fairly obvious. :)

Helen

Oh, I meant that the references had all zoomed by me, not your posts, which I enjoyed!

Pointing out the obvious is actually very useful, especially for anyone who hasn't read the book. Remember the story of the Emperor's New Clothes... In any case, you do yourself a disservice. You always have an interesting perspective on a book, and I enjoy reading about it. I'm looking forward to your posts at the end of the month.

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