I’m writing this too late at night because I realized I needed a new post. I haven’t written anything for a bit and wanted to amend that before I hit the bed.
Thus I sacrifice coherence for a word count.
When I’m tired I tend to get fancier as my meaning becomes more obscure.
I hope I can still entertain you.
Finished Hamnet today which floored me. Unfortunately. I want to just think about it a couple of days before talking more, so that messes up this post. Sometimes when a book's so good, I feel immobile and shy to describe it. Like who am I? I think I may have read one of the best books in my life, suffice to say.
We will be circling around Hamnet for awhile and even getting to it someday.
Meanwhile, I read my first Beowulf translation by Maria Dahvana Headley and it worked. Setting it in modern day bar lingo seems like a gimmick until you start reading the thing and see what passion and beauty and excitement is put into it. She did a really nice job and it was quite an adventure with some thoughtful things to say about morality and mortality thrown into the mix.
I first learned about Beowulf in fourth-grade where I read a little excerpt and Mrs. Gilbert introduced it as the first book written in english. I’ve been wanting to read it since, so it’s cool I did. A little triumph. You got to take ‘em where they come from.
I will try to do a more involved post next time. I notice spring is here where I live, so I might go outside instead.
After a series of flash fictions, I’m writing a longer story now. Wish me luck and I will wish you luck and we can be the lucky club together.
Can I join your lucky 🍀 club? The loss of sleep is well worth it! That’s an incredible story about first being introduced to Beowulf in fourth grade and in a moment of synchronicity finding this modern version you describe! Sleep later!!ReplyDelete