- For whatever reason, Yambo "skated" over his childhood and adolescence, rather than tell his wife all about it. Something in his past, voluntarily or involuntarily, is being avoided. I sense a parallel story--or nearly so, because why in the world would Eco not want these two lines to converge! Of course, the "distant past" will be likely easier to unlock than the more recent.
- The same paragraph of Paola's that gave us the skated youth also indicates some other traits/weaknesses of Yambo. Does the information here lead you to any predictions?
- Note the musical preference for pop over "high-culture" opera (though, of course, opera and "classical" music were the pop music of their day).
- The general region of the pylorus combined with Yambo's knee-jerk descriptor of a "mysterious flame" seem to indicate something spiritual, or, considering Eco's atheism (and giving Yambo the benefit of the autobiographical doubt), existential--or vertiginous. Thoughts?
- Draw out the repeated connection between memory and collection, both of which, apparently, this book is all about.
- I don't know if Eco is a Freudian or not, but I'm guessing that he likely is. I'm not particularly eager to discuss at length his purchase at the flea market, but manifestations of potentially latent issues may be keys to unlocking the cave.
- This is likely a stretch, the continued metaphor from the last chapter of flowers and deflowering; I wonder if there's a connection of some sort (and it seems more Joycean than Freudian--more literary than psychoanalytic--and along the lines of "Araby") between the the impenetrable cave and, say, the protected chalice, carried by "Araby"'s protagonist. Are all the sexual undercurrents of this chapter indicative of the approaching "deflowering" of the locked-up, otherwise impenetrable Cave of Wonders? Is this connection inherently flawed, as presupposing similar value upon Yambo's lost past as the flower of virginity (though, of course, he is a bit of an egomaniac)? *** But cultures may get in the way a little bit here, as Italy, as well as much of Europe, is much more sexually progressive than the United States; perhaps virginity is not quite the assumed treasure there as here (and we're losing that!). Certainly The Virgin is one of the most significant emblems for Italy, as with all dominantly Catholic cultures, and most Christian cultures for that matter, of course, but, perhaps, as Mary was/is the epitomized Virgin, no other virgin need so aspire, so why bother at all? I don't know. I'm rambling. But there seems to me to be something here. I am, as always, interested in your thoughts.
- Flowers, the most glorious of garden elements, may perhaps continue the line of Eden here. But what happens if you deflower (as in memory and/or virginity, as discussed in 7) Eden? I mean, is Yambo in his Eden now, or is he seeking to return to it wholly, or is it a step along the way (Solara, then, being Eden) to regain his past? Yes, I know, this is all very, very speculative, but it's currently interesting me.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana V -- chapter 4: PREPARATORY GARDENING AND PRUNING
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