This post was written by Friday blogger Annie Reid.
Michiko does a number on Christopher Booker’s The Seven Basic Plots. Turns out that, usually, “all trace a hero’s journey from immaturity to self-realization, and all end with the restoration of order or the promise of renewal.” (“Only in the seventh plot type, Tragedy, he observes, is there a deviation from this fundamental pattern. Here, the hero or heroine also goes on a journey, but is ‘held back by some fatal flaw or weakness from reaching that state of perfect balance,’ he writes. ‘They are doomed to fall short of the goal because in some way they are stuck in a state of incompleteness or immaturity.’ Despair, destruction or death is often the end result.”) Booker’s fate in this review can thus only be categorized, sadly, as Tragic.
A contrary view can be found here, a mixed reaction here and some agreement here. I can’t wait to read it. I’m sixth in line at the library queue.
An intriguing review of the new autobiography by the admirable John Berger appears here. (“Here is Where we Meet is a book about memory, but Berger is too imaginative and innovative merely to reminisce about his past. John, the narrator, lives in the present tense. The past is alive for him but this does not shadow the present or smother the future. Berger has an artist’s way of seeing the world. He is visual rather than literary. This could have caused a weakness – style dominating content. But his apparent lack of structure is merely a trick of perspective. His images build, frame by frame, revealing the themes, characters and plot beneath their seductive surfaces.”) Alas, it is not due out here until August.