2019-11-07 13:31:25 UTC
A recent subthread mentioning Andrew MarveIl's To His Coy Mistress reminded
me that I hadn't gotten around to reading Peter Beagle's A Fine and Private Place,
so I remedied that a few days ago.
I have mixed feelings about it. It feels like a book that could show up on assigned
reading lists for high school students. It seems like there might be Themes, and
Resonances, and Other Literary Things going on under the surface for the careful
I didn't put too much effort into my reading of it, and it was...fine. There's a lot of
talking between a small number of characters, and not much else goes on. As such,
it seems like it could be adapted into a stage play pretty easily. It was entertaining.
I do want to mention that I thought the writing was fantastic - very high quality,
subtle in the right ways, not overbearing or over-obvious, etc. It amazes me that
not only is this Beagle's first novel, but also that it was written when he was 19. Wow.
The only other Beagle I've read is The Last Unicorn, which I felt was very good.
I'm wondering what else of his I could try (if any).