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I've really been neglecting this community! Has anyone been reading any Irish authors lately? At the moment, I'm in the middle of J Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla, a novella about a female vampire. So far, it's very suspenseful.

What about the rest of you?

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castallia
Feb. 21st, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
Having just finished the novella,I totally agree about Le Fanu's skill with creating atmosphere--it was very dreamlike, and so rich in subtext for a relatively short work. I particularly liked the detail of how Carmilla was limited to using aliases that were all anagrams of the same name, which I thought was a great symbol for how she repeated the same patterns over and over under various guises.

I also agree with you about Achebe; the complexity of the characters and situations was one of the things I really liked about the book. It never gets preachy or tells the reader what to think.

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