Biography[ edit ] Family and early life[ edit ] Kurt Vonnegut Jr. He was the youngest of three children of Kurt Vonnegut Sr. His older siblings were Bernard born and Alice born
Like each of these books, Border Districts tends to circle in on itself. Murnane often starts a paragraph with the phrase: This sometimes requires him to return to some even earlier remark or description, and discuss the mental image or idea summoned up by that preceding passage.
He wants to write a psychological novel, but you will get more insights on the human condition from a collection of Peanuts comic strips.
I have asked myself often what are the origins of this image. I have sometimes supposed that I was influenced as a child by the rainbow-flashes I saw when sunlight fell at a certain angle on the bevelled edge of a mirror hanging in the lounge-room of a cream-coloured house mentioned elsewhere in this report, in which room everything seemed tasteful and elegant….
These passages stand out, because names—or proper nouns of any sort—are such a rarity in Border Districts. They each tended to lead solitary, isolated lives. Murnane himself is another of this same breed.
Murnane is demonstrating—perhaps with self-directed humor or maybe unintentionally you be the judge —the recursive manner of thought of someone whose discussions are interior and mental schema handmade at home, without much input from others.
If you constructed a theory of psychology while sitting at a bar or waiting for the next horse race, it might look like Border Districts.
After making my way through Border Districts, I finally learned a few facts about our narrator. Here they are—spoiler alert! He likes to look at colored glass stained glass window, kaleidoscope, etc. He is interested in horse racing. He sometimes travels from the capital city to the border district of the unnamed state where he lives.
So sorry for spoiling that for you. Another "plot point" deserves mention. At one juncture, our narrator recalls his first girlfriend.
As is par for this subpar course, this woman has no name. But readers are given two facts: Okay, so Murnane may win awards. He might even get a Nobel Prize. But the soundest advice in this novel comes from the girlfriend. Ted Gioia writes on music, literature and popular culture.
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