At 08:56 AM 11/18/2003 -0500, Uncle Ron wrote:

Relax brother. I was just fooling.  My youngest is a big Potter fan...and so
we got sucked into the queue for Potter at midnight marketing scheme that
drove sales of the latest version through the roof.

If you're as old as The Deseret Rat, then I'm slightly younger than both of
you, but not by much (same high school grad year, but I was the youngest in
the class).

I liked Harry Potter and have read all the books (because my children have).
I liked the movie as well. Ditto Lord of The Rings.  However, as a rule,
neither are my cups of tea. My tastes and interests run more to the likes
of: Dickens, Irving, Roth, Salinger, Dickinson, Potok, Wolfe. I thought
Judith Freeman's (my first of her) was well crafted.

Last winter I decided to take the Beecroft challenge and see what really was in Pride and Prejudice, since there was a hole in my late 18th/early 19th century British literature experience anyway. The first read left me a bit lost and still wondering. So I read it again and began to find the treasures. Realizing that it was satire really helped, I stopped being offended by the seriousness of some of the absurdities. I have since read most of her other novels and re-read P/P at least twice more and find them quite intriguing. Her style has to grow on you, I guess. I really like the BBC production of P/P also. The character portrayals are excellent.


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