Availing herself of a single character, Lispector transforms a banal situation of a woman at home, alone into an amphitheater for philosophical investigations. The first-person narration jousts with language, playfully but forcefully examining the ambiguous nature of words, with results ranging from the profound to the pretentious: "Prehuman divine life is a life of singeing nowness" or "The world interdepended with me, and I am not understanding what I say, never! never again shall I understand what I say. For how will I be able to speak without the word lying for me?" These linguistic games frame existential and experiential crises that Lispector savors and overcomes. Although this idiosyncratic novel will not have wide appeal (who cares), those with academic (snobs) or markedly erudite tastes (weirdos) should like it very much.
Sounds perfect for Down the Rabbit Hole!
Come discuss The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector Saturday July 16th at the Main Library in the 3rd Floor Program Room at 11am. Feel free to bring food and drink.