jeudi 5 mars 2009

Back to Winifred

I finished the book "Perfume from Provence" and want to apologize to Winifred for the insensitivity of my earlier critique.  After the last pages of the book, where she switches from describing the joys of watching peasants flirt with each other during olive harvest to confessing her loneliness after the death of her husband, I suddenly feel very protective of her.  And with that comes willingness to overlook her notions of Anglo-Saxon superiority.  But should it?  Should she be let off the hook for being insensitive in one area, just because she's suffered in a another?  Or should she still be harshly criticized for her un-p.c. views?  And does it even matter, since she's dead now?  

I'm going to go do laundry.

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