Sunday, June 26, 2011

Silence of the sea - part two

I've just finished a book in which the words 'semantic', 'extratextual' and 'Gestalt' feature with distressing prominence. I haven't delved into this sort of stuff uni. I find it intensely irritating. The book was The Silence of the Sea by Vercors - a major Resistance work of occupied France. The book itself wasn't the tricksy part - actually there is a bit of a problem with it and I'll get to that in a bit. The problem was the essays that accompanied it - they were longer than the actual work! Makes my head hurt.



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3 comments:

allaboutwarmovies said...

I got that one here and wanted to read it soon.
There is also a movie based on it. Not every essay about literature is convincing. I like books by writers about books like Francine Prose's "Reading like a writer".

Curvy Kitty said...

Please, please read this! I need someone to talk it over with. It's really bothering me...

allaboutwarmovies said...

I'll see if I manage any day soon.. Not so sure. I joined an event called Paris in July and all you have to do is review French things (books, movies, recipes...). Although this is decidedly French I have a feeling they had more cheerful things in mind... I'll let you know should I manage, and would post a review anyway.