Thursday, May 05, 2011

Donald Duck and The Last of the Mohicans

Well, sort of...

It’s a pretty sudden shift, going straight from reading The Last of the Mohicans (1826) into Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice (2009). From historical romance to stoner comic thriller in one move – it calls for some major recalibration of the brain’s interpretative functions.

And it just shows what an extraordinarily versatile medium the novel is. Ostensibly the same, but different in every regard.

The main character getting arrested on suspicion of murder, phoning his lawyer, only to find him stoned and obsessing over Donald Duck’s grooming regime – (“Shaving his beak - what else is Daisy making him do?”) – is a memorable image in anyone’s book, but since said Donald is one of my heroes, it made me roar with laughter.

How different from dear, dead Cora…

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