By William Faulkner
"Read, learn, learn. learn everything--trash, classics, solid and undesirable, and spot how they do it. similar to a wood worker who works as an apprentice and reports the grasp. learn! You'll take in it. Then write. whether it is solid, you'll discover. If it's now not, throw it out the window." --William Faulkner
Light in August, a singular approximately hopeful perseverance within the face of mortality, good points a few of Faulkner's so much memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, looking for the daddy of her unborn baby; Reverend Gail Hightower, who's suffering from visions of accomplice horsemen; and Joe Christmas, a determined, enigmatic drifter ate up through his combined ancestry.
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At one moment he seems twenty feet tall, then at another he is able as a boy to pick up a stone that is fifty foot square and ten feet thick, which would mean he would have to be more in the order of two hundred feet tall. When he is at school Rabelais has him travel about like any normal student or tourist, visiting Toulouse, Bordeaux, and other cities, without apparent incident, and even has him contemplate studying medicine, as if he were an ordinary mortal. A normal book for someone this size would be the size of a golf ball, too small to decipher.
He says that he “with great Ease drew fifty of the Enemy’s largest Men of War after me” (34). We have already learned something about the Lilliputian king’s navy – that “some” at least of his “largest Men of War” are “Nine Foot long” (10). If the enemy also has nine-foot ships, it would seem hard to imagine Gulliver, who is six feet tall, being able to tow them all home like that, even if they were made of balsa wood. Has Swift made a mistake, or is Gulliver just bragging? Another instance that might seem spatially wrong is when twentyfour of the king’s horse guard conduct military exercises on a “two Foot and a half square” handkerchief that Gulliver stretches between stakes and makes into a raised platform (23).
Often enough we are in the area around Touraine, Rabelais’s birthplace. But when Pantagruel is old enough to go to school Gargantua, his father, sends him to Poitiers as if it were just up the road – as if the whole world were made up of giants just like him, with giant children going to giant schools. Pantagruel varies in size and location almost arbitrarily. At one moment he seems twenty feet tall, then at another he is able as a boy to pick up a stone that is fifty foot square and ten feet thick, which would mean he would have to be more in the order of two hundred feet tall.