Monday, September 13, 2010

1965: Ariel to Two Views

Purpose of this blog: Brief summaries of World, British and American literary classics for English majors.

Sylvia Plath. American. 1965. Poetry. Ariel. Charts pathological aspects of era and of the poet herself. Metaphors of horror. Love songs to death.

Jerzy Kosinski. American/Polish. 1965. Novel. The Painted Bird. Small boy’s odyssey through Eastern Europe during WWII; absence of dialogue. Explores the primitive elemental forces in man.

Uwe Johnson. German. 1965. Novel. Two Views. Alternating man’s and woman’s point of view of relationship. Symbolizes impossibility of real communication between the two Germanys.

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