Friday, August 19, 2011
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
Poetry? Nanny Goats Lane, Battery Point. August, 2011.
Some quickies today!
#1 Generals Die in Bed by Charles Yale Harrison
Decent little WWI period piece that caused quite a stir on release in 1930. The frankness of a soldier's lot in (and out of) the trenches might seem familiar now, but no wonder it turned heads barely a decade after war's end. Recommended.
#2 The Meeting at Telgte by Günter Grass
Concept: the premier German-language poets decide to meet during the negotiations at the end of the Thirty Years War. At this meeting, the poets take turns reading their work for comment, the point being a desire not only for the end of military conflict, but a peace of language - that is, a standardising of their regional tongues. Verdict: Probably for linguists and poets only.
#3 Room at the Top by John Braine
One of the original Angry Young Men, Braine's debut is a fantastic portrait of a time, of a class-system, of gender politics, of personal character, and (ultimately) of ambition. I really loved this one, a great example of a flawed character in action. Highly recommended.