05-04-2007 09:14 AM - edited 05-04-2007 09:14 AM
Note: This discussion topic is suitable for any and all chapters of Burning Bright.
Message Edited by Amanda_R on 05-04-2007 08:27 AM
05-04-2007 11:39 AM
Before reading Burning Bright, were you familiar with Blake's work? How did it color your experience of the novel?
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. ~ Francis Bacon
05-06-2007 11:45 PM
I have read Blake on and off for many years. I think I liked his poetry more when I was younger and now I prefer the artwork. But what really impressed me is the combination of the two...how he sets his poetry into his drawings.
I now don't believe I can isolate one from the other. I believe when you read his writing and experience the art at the same time...that is the true Blake experience. Because if he wanted the reader to experience the poems alone, he wouldn't have created the drawings.
I would have liked to have had Blake as a more central character in the book. I understand that his poetry creates the theme of the book, but I wanted to hang out with Blake. I thought that he was by far the most fascinating person in the book and personally I did not get enough of him. I saw him, I heard him talk, but I never felt who he was as much as I would have liked.
I think with Girl With a Pearl Earring I got much closer to Vermeer. I guess I wanted that experience again.
05-09-2007 02:20 PM
I read and enjoyed another of Tracy Chevalier's books because of the title. My husband is fond of Vermeer and he bought me a copy of "Girl with a Pearl Earring" as a present.
05-11-2007 11:31 AM
I am in love with Tracy's descriptive and detailed style: you really feel like you are there with the characters and see,hear,feel their experiences!
05-13-2007 12:32 AM
Of course this makes me a tough but eager reader: perhaps as risky a reviewer as a Christian commenting on "The Passion of Christ". So far I am pleased with the description of Blake!
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05-18-2007 04:36 PM
I especially enjoyed the poem quoted in Burning Bright about the newborn baby.
I'm also interested in learning more about Phillip Astley after reading Burning Bright.