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review 2018-12-05 15:52
Dark Romance: "The Power of Blackness: Hawthorne, Poe, Melville" by Harry Levin
The Power of Blackness: Hawthorne, Poe, Melville - Harry Levin



(Original Review, 1981-02-01)



Harry Levin wrote a book called “The Power of Blackness” about Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville, the classic trio of Dark Romance, and there is no doubt Blackness and Night haunt the human imagination and generate oneiric phantasms to boot. In the French cultural scene although surrealism was losing steam, it was still a powerful force and it did emphasize the oneiric, and Borde and Chaumeton were very interested in the grotesque, bizarre, and oneiric per se.

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-09-13 19:50
Rosemary´s Baby
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

I have never watched the Mia Farrow movie adaption of this book, but I know that is a classic horror movie. Because of that I´m surprised that this book left me with lukewarm feelings.

 

My main issue with this book was that the strong and intense second part of the novel was bogged down by the lame first part of the book, which reads like an issue of “Schöner Wohnen” (a German home decorating magazine), and the insufferable and unsatisfying third part of the book.

 

Upon finishing the novel I felt the unbearable urge to kick Guy, the main characters husband, in a place where it really, really hurts. I can´t do that, unfortunately, but I can count this book for the Halloween bingo as my “Genre: Horror” read.

 

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text 2018-09-13 15:47
Reading progress update: I've read 84 out of 229 pages.
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

Guy is an asshole. Good to know.

 

If you want to know more about what the douche has done, feel free to take a look at the spoiler.

 

 

This is the morning after Rosemary has passed out for some reason.

 

"The dreams I had," she said, rubbing her forehead and closing her eyes. "President Kennedy, the Pope, Minnie and Roman ..." She opened her eyes and saw scratches on her left breast; two parallel hairlines of red running down into the nipple. Her thighs stung; she pushed the blanket from them and saw more scratches, seven or eight going this way and that.

"Don´t yell," Guy said. "I already filed them down." He showed short smooth fingernails.

Rosemary looked at him uncomprehendingly.

"I didn´t want to miss Baby Night," he said.

"You mean you - "

"And a couple of my nails were ragged."

"While I was - out?"

He nodded and grinned. "It was kind of fun," he said, "in a necrophile sort of way."

 

Charming ...

 

The chocolate mousse might be the reason that Guy raped his wife, but I think he came up with the necrophilia comment all by himself. I´m certainly not blaming the chocolate mousse for that one.

(spoiler show)

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-09-13 15:22
Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 229 pages.
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

Guy put on Ella Fitzgerald singing Cole Porter.

 

At least Guy und Rosemary are listening to some pretty darn great music, while they are being harrassed by their awful neighbours.

 

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text 2018-09-12 21:21
Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 229 pages.
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

„And the neighbours certainly don‘t seem abnormal,“ she said. „Except normal abnormal like homosexuals; [...]“

 

I have to remind myself that this book is from 1967. In the context of the period this book has been wriiten in this might have been an ordinary statement. This doesn‘t mean I have to like such statement, though.

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