|Subject: Simile, Metaphor|
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Date Posted: Sun, May 23 2004, 16:09:01 GMT
Dear Mr O'Neill;
I read your book at the suggestion of a friend (that Liz creature, actually), and liked it from the very first pages. It was one of the first books I've ever read that affected me on a deep, emotional level-- mostly because I am both gay and Catholic. Usually, I will find a character that I am fond of. Seldom does a book make me cry, but At Swim sent me into fits of sobbing towards the end. Although it seemed as if I was supposed to eventually loathe the character of MacMurrough, I found him to be my favorite (with Doyler closely behind him).
I did have to read the book with the entirety of Encyclopedia Britannica and the Oxford Unabridged next to me, but somehow not knowing the occasional word or reference did not disrupt my reading. In fact, I found the book to be not only a literary, but a learning experience. You do not get a great deal of exposure to Irish history outside of, well, Ireland-- especially in the US, because we are adamant about our own history-- and I feel better having done the little bit of side-research. I am Sicilian-born, which is far from Irish as you can get (we personally believe that cabbage and oatmeal are for horses), and the cultural tones of the entire book enriched me.
But I'm meandering like a slow stream, so I'll get to the point.
Your writing is beautiful, lyrical, and clearly Irish. While reading, I constantly found myself going back and rereading lines. They were usually similes or metaphors.
I wanted to know what inspires you to come up with lines such as the ones in the book. Usually, similes end up cliched, but yours seemed to be almost non sequitur.
- Re: Simile, Metaphor -- Liz, Mon, May 24 2004, 16:55:36 GMT
- Re: Simile, Metaphor -- Jamie O'Neill, Thu, May 27 2004, 6:30:34 GMT
- Re: Simile, Metaphor -- Liz, Thu, May 27 2004, 14:16:09 GMT
- Re: Simile, Metaphor; Leopard -- Horatio, Thu, May 27 2004, 17:23:12 GMT
- Re: Simile, Metaphor -- Horatio, Thu, May 27 2004, 18:25:58 GMT
- Re: Simile, Metaphor -- Andy, Sat, May 29 2004, 23:34:59 GMT