Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Why so interesting?

The text said it best when describing the newspaper article about the four men climbing the north face of the Eiger.  The text was not sensationalized, it was not inflected, but was written in a way that allowed the bare facts of the situation to shine through and be interesting.  This is something that I have noticed a distinct lack of in the various texts that we have read for this class.  Are the facts of the stories that we have read so mundane that the authors need to inflect their writing with cliff hangers, allusions, and foreshadowing, or are writers not as colorful and skilled as they used to be.  The White Spider and Scrambles Amongst the Alps are without a doubt my favorite texts that we have read so far.  Their content is not so different from the rest, but the way that they are written are far more captivating, in my opinion.  They have personality and don't feel like a book report to me.  I'm going right back to that analogy, but these books feel like a grandfather telling a story, full of insight and wit that I haven't seen elsewhere.  I am beginning to feel that we are so used to the over sensationalized writings that we are now desensitized to the tasteful use of literary techniques that make reading interesting.  I feel that they are much more tastefully used in the last two books that we have read

1 comment:

  1. I agree with Matt that it is refreshing to have no ridiculous cliffhangers or tragedies added in to the text. That, in my mind, shows the author's lack of respect for the reader that he cannot hold our small-minded attention without use of endless tropes and overplayed storylines. It also speaks into Harrer's confidence as a writer that he is able to weave a captivating narrative without twisting a bunch of facts. I too felt as if Harrer was reflecting on a moment that had long past to a much younger audience. It really captured the essence of an adventure narrative. It should be a folk tale (yet true) passed down through generations over a campfire or to a young child sitting on your lap. The fact that Harrer flexes his knowledge of history and context is a benefit as well, because we as readers get captivated in just how much he knows about mountaineering, sporting, and the life of the times.