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I bought this book at a thrift shop Friday. Started it today. I am now
on page 50. It makes little sense
Who was it here on the group recently, that said something along the
lines of "name three things nobody will ever achieve: A two minute mile,
world peace, and page 50 of Dhalgren"? :)
But seriously - it's a weird-trip. REALLY weird. Wade on in if you're so
inclined, but be aware that you're going to be left with a lot more
"Huh?!?" than anything else by the time you're done.
Personally, I find it fascinating, for no reason that I can specify -
It's been one of my favorite re-reads for years - I pick it up, open it
at random, and find something else I missed. I've worn out three copies,
lost four to people I've loaned it to, and just plain misplaced two more
since first discovering it at the tender age of 11 or so.
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Why is this novel a classic? Or do I have to read more to understand.
This novel is dreadfully boring.
Long and short of things when it comes to Dhalgren: You either love it,
or it bores you to tears and/or pisses you off and/or frustrates you
into giving up. There's really no middle ground to be had when it comes
to Dhalgren. It's one of the few "all or nothing" books I've ever
Personally, I'm in the "I like it - a lot" camp. It sounds like you're
stuck in the "frustrated/bored/pissed" camp. A bit of advice if you're
going to try to continue: *DON'T EXPECT ANY ANSWERS*, and above all,
don't think you're getting into a linear story - You aren't! Cause and
effect don't necessarily apply - events can and do come before the
actions that cause them. Just go with it. That's the best I can tell you.
There *IS* a story in it - Or rather, several. the problem is figuring
out what it is, and knowing when you're reading part of it - and which
part of shich story! Some have said that the whole "story" is actually
about how the characters cope with the insanity that seems to be going
on around them. Maybe that's right. Maybe it's not. But it's one way of
looking at the book. Personally, I think that it's a tale of insanity as
told from the viewpoint of the insane person. But that's as likely to be
(in)correct as any other interpretation I've seen over the years.
Spoiler (rot-13-ized) ahead.
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