Heroes and other liars. Plus #BookReview Buster & Moo by @geofflepard #TuesdayBookBlog

This popped into my inbox today. Barb offered an honest review and, as is her modus, she has incorporated it into a post on lying. Both her thoughts and her review are worth a read.

Source: Heroes and other liars. Plus #BookReview Buster & Moo by @geofflepard #TuesdayBookBlog

I heard a story about WH Auden; students were discussing a poem of his when he slipped into the back of the lecture hall. He listened and, eventually, the lecturer, who had seen him, unlike the students, asked Auden to comment on the students deconstruction. ‘I’m amazed,’ said Auden, ‘at how much they have found in it beyond what I intended.’ This review, the way in which Barb has deconstructed the themes and characters, feels a little like Auden felt: did I really achieve all of that? And therein lies another conundrum for a writer: the closer you are to a work the less you see of it. On a course I went on early in my writing life, we were advised that publishing a book meant you no longer owned it. Every reader now owned it and took from it something different to everyone else including the writer. Their views and opinions, what they thought worked and what didn’t was entirely valid, just different. Which brings us back to Barb’s post on liars and looking, not at the lie but at the outcome. Food for thought, methinks.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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11 Responses to Heroes and other liars. Plus #BookReview Buster & Moo by @geofflepard #TuesdayBookBlog

  1. Gary says:

    Popped over and read that article. So identified with a stack of it too.

    From a writers POV I find over review quite funny. I may be close to mine yes, but I know the motivations, the twists and what might happen to alter the character profile. I love to set things up deliberately and let people second guess. I also feel Shakespeare, as an example, just wrote the stuff without pondering if in years to come it might get over analysed. Therein is why I find the humour 🙂

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    • TanGental says:

      Thanks Gary; you win today’s ‘top comment’ award for linking me, however slightly, to Will the Writer; if I may, I will now laminate you and put you on my wall

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      • Gary says:

        Ha-ha, I wish I could comment on blogs all day long, but you know how time becomes the antagonist!

        I have similar views on art critics too…it’s like the artist just painted something really good. If he or she sat for months debating what they do then we’d never have any paintings to do it with! Funny old world!

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  2. barbtaub says:

    Thanks for the reblog and those kind words Geoff!

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  3. Mary Smith says:

    I’d read it earlier, Geoff and thought what a fine review it is.

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  4. Charli Mills says:

    Your book is your book, but when you put it out there to be read and discussed it becomes literature. Literature belongs to all who participate because it functions as a way to explore and perceive the world. You should feel good that your writing is complex enough to be deconstructed to reveal more than you intended in writing it.

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  5. Helen Jones says:

    It’s a great review, Geoff – I just saw it on Goodreads. Congratulations on the new release, and on the fab response! 🙂

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  6. Annecdotist says:

    Ah, the power of the unconscious – we put things there but can’t actually see it. It’s one of writing’s greatest delights. And a fine achievement – well done you!

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  7. Eileen says:

    A bit scary, isn’t it? Even with blog posts, I’ve realized that much younger women hear and react very differently than I expect, particularly to anything on feminism. They are coming from a very different place, no matter how liberal I was for my earlier times. Looking forward to reading your book.

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