Monday, October 1, 2012
I actually listened to the Weight reading over audiobook. I felt that this gave me a different reading of the book because I was able to hear it from the voices that the author wanted me to hear it from. The voices were expressive, deliberate and specific to the character in the way that Jeanette Winterson wanted us to hear them. Throughout the audiobook I was struck by some of the things that Winterson had to say. About the struggle between freedom and struggle but what really hit me towards the beginning of the book was Limited Fork Theory and its relevance. I could hear things that I have learned about the theory resonate in the book. The idea that "everyone has a particular story" and that "we contain" different things as human beings resonated resonated with me very deeply. This made me think of my last post when I wrote about how everyone has a different experience of life because of the small things that happen to us, almost like the butterfly effect. The ideas were so human even though the book was about greek Gods. It was almost as if the Gods, made from the ashes and the depths of the cosmos were reflections of us humans. And though they very well may be, the descriptions of Atlas showed us that they encounter very human problems involving love, lust, greed and health. They were almost so human that they were inhuman. When Atlas, the strongest man in the world admits that freedom does not exist, thats when it hit me that everyone, no matter how Great, Godly, or Greek, has problems that they are facing, small and large. That was the most compelling point of this reading for me.