Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Byatt, civilized

AS Byatt interview: Nothing like the Dame.

A.S. Byatt: On the nature of writing.

"I love Montreal and I love the French language, so the thought of the Grand Prix is peculiarly pleasing. I am looking forward to speaking both languages in a civilized way."

For Griselda, in The Children's Book, "civilized" was a high form of praise.

Childproof myths.

The more I mull it over, the more The Children's Book, of the more than half-dozen Byatt books I've read, is by far my favourite (overtaking Babel Tower, because it's more accessible, easier, I totally get it!, or maybe I'm just smarter now).

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