[ilds] RG Justine 1.4 -- active reading & Justine

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Tue Apr 17 07:28:27 PDT 2007

Haag says it well, and I think he is right.  Credit goes to the author.  I do not think "active reading" elevates the reader/critic to the status of the author.  The author has written the book, and the reader should try to understand what the author is doing.  As to "multiple readings," multiple does not mean valid.  And I do not find reading a "passive" activity.  It's hard.  Which may be one of the reasons films are preferred nowadays.


-----Original Message-----
>From: Michael Haag <michaelhaag at btinternet.com>
>Sent: Apr 16, 2007 5:37 PM
>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] RG Justine 1.4 -- active reading & Justine
>My impression, reading Durrell, is that he is controlling his effects 
>to a very high degree, and also controlling his reader.  That is very 
>important to him, that he draws the reader in and manipulates him; by 
>suckering the reader, it validates Durrell's attempt to alter reality.  
>Durrell is a magician who wants his audience to believe in his 
>illusions so that he can believe in his illusions.  I do not believe 
>for a moment that the reader is being thrown back on his own resources 
>or is being encouraged to see anything that Durrell does not want him 
>to see.

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