Stephanie Persephone (sisterstephie) wrote in books4breakfast,
Stephanie Persephone

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Do you ever find yourself taking novels TOO seriously? I myself KNOW that I do so. Each novel becomes a new facet of my life. Each fiction drama because a righteous mantra in my brain.

And so when I am assigned to read Ishmael Reed's Mumbo Jumbo, it's no wonder that I am going nuts over the philosophy the novel presents. I find myself struggling to ingest the novel in a way that I can cope with its message. Haitian voodoo practices terrify me, and the Osiris and Isis story as well as the Reed depiction of Moses fascinates me. But wait, how does this fit into my own belief system?. Help! I'm choking on this novel...

Does anyone else take literature too personally? Does anyone else read satire like it's the daily news?
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