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

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Tue Apr 17 08:24:42 PDT 2007

Yes, I agree too. Reading is definitely an active 
sport. That is why I have never seen a good film 
of a book that I have greatly appreciated: the 
image in the film is the image of the maker of the 
film and not the image my mind builds up when I 
read. One reader will build up a different image 
to another: it takes enormous talent for an author 
to write so richly. I find it is much more 
interesting to try to understand why something was 
written and what relation it had to the author's 
life, but dissecting the words does not change the 
image one builds up.
Marc Piel,
Paris, France.

Bruce Redwine wrote:

> 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.
> Bruce  
> -----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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