Melissa of THE AVID READER’s MUSINGS and I want to thank you for joining our little cloud party this month!
She’s posted her final summary and I have yet to read it; I wanted to get my thoughts down and out before I am imfluenced by her sure to be impressive summation. SO. Have you already been there and are now coming here to see what I have to say? or will you go there first? or have you read Softdrink’s thoughts? Goodness, choices choices…
[update: I’m now reading Melissa’s BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED review! APPLAUSE!! mine here is jumbled thoughts…]
This will be full of spoilers; I assume you’ve read the book.
Please admire Nancy’s photo of clouds of London:
OK, not to say that I was disappointed in this book, but I was let down a little in the second half. I wanted more! What more I wanted exactly, I can’t pinpoint. I don’t think I would have said that I thought Mitchell was a bit too ‘clever’ but now that Softdrink has put the words in my mind, I would have to agree with her. I do know that I tweeted something about Mitchell TEASING us with mild put downs of this all being ‘new age crap’. [Cavendish section 2]
And Trish asked about Whoah from the Sloosha section. Um, wha? huh? Yea, this confounded me, too.
“Yay, the Prescients’d whoah strict rules ’bout barterin’ with us.”
I decided it was an adjective and started substituting AWESOME while reading. So, to translate this sentence, it would be like saying the Presients’ had awesome strict – or very strict – rules about trading with less civilized societies. Like on Star Trek. This whoah = awesome substitution worked for me. A few times it didn’t work, but most of the time, it seemed to.
I was miffed at myself that I allowed Halle Berry to implant herself in my head as I read the Meronym storyline. I was able to keep other actors out, thankfully. I do want to see the movie – do you?
I was happy that the Cavendish section worked out happy. I liked that ol’ guy. This was a humorous story line and I know I laughed often.
I was also relieved that Luisa survives. BUT. How did mean guy know to put a bomb in the safe deposit box!? I could not withdraw my disbelief. And why did he go to the party at Luisa’s mom’s house? I missed something.
I also missed how Rufus’ boat was in the same marina with the Prophetess until we were back into the second Adam Ewing section. DOH!
I was annoyed that I saw the word ‘ordure’ again. He used this word at least THREE times. Just use manure, ShowOff. He used ‘adze’ twice, too.
One more technical issue and I’ll try to get at some meat. During most of the Sonmi sections, he spelled the -ight words as -ite but then I caught a ‘light’ and yet on the very next page ‘lite’ again. [pages 317-318]. POINTS FOR ME! ha. Editing…
I had the fortune of substitute teaching for one of my favorite High School English teachers and we studied Fahrenheit 451. Melissa had mentioned some similar themes and these really stuck out for me; especially the government needed a scapegoat; to punish ‘the enemy’ in order to create social cohesion. Some elements of the future dystopian society also reminded me of Margaret Atwood. Anyway, I think Sonmi knew what she was doing but I was a bit in shock about how that ended! Didn’t see that coming.
I liked the Sloosha section once I got used to the language; I really am in awe of Mitchell’s ability to pull off the time/place/languages throughout.
I was sad for Robert Frobisher and quite anxious for Adam to surive, too. But what did it all mean?
I don’t know. That humans are bad? That greed will destroy us all? That as individuals we all have worth but we must fight corruption at every turn? That groups will always splinter into us vs. them and another reminder that power corrupts and absolute powers corrupt absolutely?
I’m giving this 4 out 5 slices of pie. I really did enjoy and appreciate the reading of this with others.
I now share some quotes:
“Funny, thinks Milton. Power, time, gravity, love. The forces that really kick ass are all invisible.”
“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” -p.320
“So, I asked ‘gain, is it better to savage’n to be Civ’lized?
List’n, savages an’ Civ’lizeds ain’t divvied by tribes or b’liefs or mountain ranges, nay ev’ry human is both, yay. Old Uns’d got the Smart o’ gods but the savagery o’jackals an’ that’s what tripped the Fall. Some savages what I knowed got a beautsome Civ’lized heart beatin’ in their ribs. Maybe some Kona. Not ’nuff to say so their hole tribe, but who knows one day. One day.
“One day” was only a flea o’hope for us.
Yay, I mem’ry Meronym sayin’, but fleas ain’t easy to rid. -p.303
“Once any tyranny becomes accepted as ordinary, its victory is assured.” -p.363
p.233 – samizdat – the clandestine copying and distribution of literature banned by the state, esp. formerly in the communist countries of eastern Europe.
p.202 & 330 – conurb – short for conurbation – an extended urban area, typically consisting of several towns merging with the suburbs of one or more cities.
p.367 – zazen – Zen meditation, usually performed in the lotus position.
p.367 – petrine – 1 Christian Theology of or relating to St. Peter or his writings or teachings.• of or relating to the authority of the pope over the Church, in his role as the successor of St. Peter.2 of or relating to Peter I of Russia.
p.368 – wazzock – a stupid or annoying person.