wandering the catacombs (drunkenwanderer) wrote in janetfitch,
wandering the catacombs

amazing lyrical prose, amazing book

I've never been a very big fan of fiction. Whenever I've sat down in the past to try and read a novel, I always ended up feeling like I was wasting my time, like I there was nothing I could learn or gain from reading it, or at least not enough to warrant continuing with the book. White Oleander is the incredible exception.

The poetic stylings of the narrative kept me glued to the book, drinking in every emotive expression, however subtle. The intense sensitivity with which Astrid experiences everything in her life is something that stongly resonates with me, as does the unconventional morality and philosophical strength of Ingrid. It would be an injustice to the book to simply dismiss Ingrid as merely "evil," as the movi e seems to try and do (though I do like the movie as well. I own it). I think a lot like Ingrid, minus the vindictiveness and insensitivity. And I feel a lot like Astrid, minus the over-attentiveness. The two characters are like contradictory parts of my character, and which one is dominant depends on whatever it is I'm going through at the time.

I'm an aspiring writer/artist myself. I've been wanting to try my hand at writing fictional prose, and now I have an amazing work of art to aspire to. Janet Fitch's book is nothing short of a work of art.

Oh, and as for the question of whether Janet Fitch has any other works available:

She does have other work in print. She has a young adults book entitled Kicks, she has a number of short stories published in literary journals (shouldn't be hard to hunt down in a library), and she's currently working on a novel.
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