Re: RARA-AVIS: Conrad, Hemingway and Faulkner (was: Dan Fortune series)

Date: 06 May 2005

Jacques Debierue Wrote,

> Hemingway wrote about a person effecting the environment, situation, what ever
> that he
> was in, while Conrad wrote about the situation effecting the person.>>
> Everything affects everything else, so you can't have a clear cut distinction on
> that
> criterion. Conrad is intensely personal, but he is ironic. Hemingway lacked
> irony, he was a
> sensitive writer grappling with the stuff directly. Conrad is more roundabout,
> a far more
> complex writer. He doesn't tell you much directly.

Well, in real life things affect each other. In fiction, you can make any distinction you want.

Your comment on the different approach between Hemingway and Conrad makes sense. So perhaps the distinction 'humans vs. humanity' is meant to describe the path taken as opposed to the thing talked about. Hemingway went right to the source (as any good journalist will). He talked about the thing he wanted to talk about by talking directly about the person. Conrad, being more roundabout, talked about humanity as a way to talk about the human.


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