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Journal of No. 118

July 16th, 2010

Bellwether by Connie Willis @ 03:30 pm

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I chewed my way through Bellwether during my various durances vile in planes and in airports Wednesday. It's pretty short, but I still felt accomplished as I completed the last few paragraphs while the plane taxied to the gate on my return to LAX.
It's a light comic work, with a satirical look at the fads of modern society and the evils of coporatespeak. It's an amusing bagatelle, with most of the characters so broadly drawn they are not believable except as comic characters, which is okay, since that's what they are. One of them reaches a height of comic awfulness that rivals Basil Fawlty. If there's any seriousness in Bellwether, it's an exploration of, and paean to, contingency and serendipity. Good stuff.
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Date:July 17th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
I rather had the feeling that Willis was attempting to channel Wodehouse in that one.

Journal of No. 118