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No, I wasn't aware of any annotated edition or online material. It took about a hundred pages for me to figure out the language and build up Riddley vocabulary, so to speak, and then I started again from the beginning and had no further difficulties. Loved your blog entry and you're right: vackt our wayt was a good one!
I finally read RW - two years after you brought it to my attention - and thought it was very good! It took a while to get used to the writing, but then the legend of St Eustace in standard English felt almost like a culture shock in reverse. This is one I will read again some day!
Are you familiar with the Irish poet Trevor Joyce? I've just finished reading a collection of his poems (With the First Dream of Fire They Hunt the Cold). Although I enjoyed his translations of the Sweeny Peregrine poems, I found most of his original poems (except for a few) incomprehensible, especially poems such as The Drift and The Net. If you ever have a go at his poetry, maybe you can enlighten me.
Thanks for the recommendations. I've been meaning to read Flann O'Brien for some time, so I will definitely queue up At Swim Two Birds as well as Patrick Kavanagh. The local library doesn't have either author, but I can probably get them through internet library loan. i recently read A Painted Field, by the Scottish (I believe) poet Robin Robertson. He reminded me of Seamus Heaney. A strong, original voice.
Your tribute poem is quite good. My favorite Seamus Heaney collection is his first one, The Death of a Naturalist. I found it more accessible than the other five I've read. However, i recently read Sweeney's Flight, with photographs by Rachel Giese, and liked it immensely. As I reread his collections, my understanding and my appreciation deepens. He is, without a doubt, one of the great poets.
I was saddened to read that Seamus Heaney recently died. I started reading his poetry several years ago. So far I have read six volumes plus two of his translations of Greek plays. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on his life, his writing, and his passing.
I see that you've recently read Young Adolf and Loitering with Intent. Beryl Bainbridge and Muriel Spark are two of my favorite authors. I can't decide which one I like the best.
I have been reading some of your reviews on your blog. You write so well you should review professionally.
I am impressed that you are reading Finnagans Wake.
Wendell Berry is also a poet, essayist, and novelist. All of his writing is deeply moral and poetic. I hope you will enjoy him.
Also, I highly recommend the audio cassette version of The Snows of Kilimanjaro published by Caedmon in 1989. I don't recall the name of the narrator, but he really makes this story come alive in a way that merely reading it doesn't quite capture. If you can't find that version, try The Snows of Kilimanjaro and the Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber on audio cassette, narrated by Alexander Adams.
Enjoyed your review, thanks. I left a comment on your blog. Whilst I was there I had a nosy at yout tbr shelf. I am a charity book hoarder as well. If I think it is something I might want to read I buy it and it goes on my shelf. Some of the books have been there for a good 10 years! You have inspired me to create a list of my own tbr shelf :)
Hi Riddley, have you written a review for Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness anywhere? I have never heard of the book before but the title really grabbed my interest and I saw you had given it a 5 star rating. Would love to know your thoughts on it and see if it is something I would enjoy. Thanks :)