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27 September 2010 @ 09:48 am
reading meme: day six  

Day 06 – Your favourite writer

I’m afraid this meme is going to get a bit repetitive, at this rate. Guy Gavriel Kay is probably my favorite writer, though I do not unconditionally love everything he’s written. I really have to go back and re-read A SONG FOR ARBONNE, which I wasn’t particularly taken with, but I wonder if it would improve upon re-reading. And I will probably never re-read THE LIONS OF AL-RASSAN because the last chapter makes me crazy, which is a crying shame, as up to that point it’s my favorite of his books.

But–to throw a wrench in the monkeyworks–another favorite of mine is Hemingway. Like GGK (and this is the only way in which they are similar), Hemingway either works for you or does not work for you. He happens to work for me.

Oddly, because I don’t read a lot of poetry, some of my other favorites are poets: Rainer Maria Rilke and Dylan Thomas, to whom I was introduced thanks to Vincent in Beauty and the Beast; Tennyson (who is my favorite poet), to whom I was introduced thanks to Robert A. Heinlein; Walt Whitman, to whom I was introduced thanks to my freshman English course in college.

Now I’m trying to think if there are any authors whose writing I love unconditionally, and damned if I can think of any. I mean, I could be coy and say C.E. Murphy, but even that’s not true. The poets, weirdly enough, come closest. Huh.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
kitmizkit on September 27th, 2010 09:17 am (UTC)
Oh, I'd have never remembered that. :) I do, though, think they were both good men, or that's my recollection. Not heroes, perhaps, but not bad men, and that was the tragedy of one of them having to die. But I'd have to re-read it to really make an argument for that, and I've never been able to bring myself to. :)
Michellemsagara on September 27th, 2010 09:35 am (UTC)
Ah. I had some issue with the raping and burning of the nuns. Because one of the two characters, while he found it disgusting or excessive, also accepted it without a word. I understand cultural moral relativity -- but not so much that I can't a) admire him for what he was within his own cultural context and b) fail to acknowledge him as a good man. A man, yes. A man who understood his politics and the necessities of it and who could admire a man with similar ambitions and intellect. But, not so much with the good, for me.