I had a problem with it too.I also have problems with Pynchon's novels so I wasn't surprised.V is the only one I've read straight through.Twice as a matter of fact.Your review didn't help me much either. I guess Pynchon just isn't for me even though I envy him down to my little toe for studying with Nabokov at Cornell when I might have audited a lecture now and then.Just jealousy I suppose.
I did love The Master beyond belief.So here's a link to my review of it for you.Hope it goes through.http://moviesandfilm.blogspot.com/2013/03/… Read the comments as my friend from Bosnia wrote most of the insightful ones.
Turner has a long slow contemplative sense of time.It is that moment in history where industrialization - capitalism - is just beginning.Turner is acutely aware of this as he watches the smoke from a ship among smaller ones with sails. When we see him seeing the train, the smoke, the lovely undulations in it and a smoke ring as a touch of aesthetic humor, we see the paradox of the destruction of the landscape it will make in the future, and also the beauty if you allow yourself time to contemplate, an experience that is leaving humans very quickly.I guess this is what I like so much about your writing Molly, your determination to continue to contemplate and write from that perception.It is a lovely gift to your readers and one worth keeping for yourself.
I studied with John McCoubrey at one time. An art historian of the 20th century who was the recognized Turner specialist.You might want to find his book at the library. It is a gem.He himself was a romantic in his perception and a generous man with his mind, a perfect biographer for Turner, an often crude man.
I hope you are collecting your movie reviews as you are so original and personal with them.
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