Thursday, 13 November 2014
I try both to quote or summarize accurately and also to discuss issues as they arise - and Poul Anderson's works address every major issue. When the issues are scientific, I hope that I sufficiently understand them while trying to summarize them. The blog might become one resource for anyone setting out to write more considered essays or articles about Poul Anderson's works?
The pleasure of engaging with the texts is immeasurably enhanced by close rereading for the purpose of summarizing. This process reveals what a wealth of information is present in texts that are often read just once and quickly for the pleasure of their immediate narrative. Dominic Flandry escapes from Talwin but how much have we been told about the life cycles on that planet? Manse Everard resolves a problem in the Roman Empire but how much have we been told about the history of the Empire? This process of deeper understanding seems to be endless although I will probably reach a limit as to how much meaning I can dig out of any given work for the time being.