finished All Quiet of the Western Front
– brilliant, don’t put off reading it – I’ve moved on to The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman. This is a graphic novel about
the Holocaust and equally as gripping as All
Quiet although its a very different experience to reading a conventional
father’s recollections as source material, Spiegelman is honest enough to
include his own thoughts on the morality of doing so. The father/son
relationship is touchingly conveyed and I can’t help but wonder whether all
male children have conflicting relationships with their fathers in adult life.
say, I’m finding Maus gripping and,
because of its picture narrative, was racing through until I got to page 71.
His Dad has thrown away Art’s much loved overcoat and replaces it with . . . a Naugahyde windbreaker!
great narrative significance to this – it was just that only days ago I wrote
here about finding that same word in the Marrowbone
Marble Company, long after first wondering about its meaning way back in a
60s Monkees lyric.
not a great one for coincidence but have to admit to a frisson of surprise at
discovering this word again so soon after its reappearance.