Wednesday, June 20, 2007

... notwithstandings.

Excerpt from Ismail Kadare's The File on H.

He had long envied Dull's style in secret, especially turns of phrase like "leaving aside the fact that this task is not incumbent upon the present writer", or all those "notwithstandings" that he sprinkled around his sentences with such elegance. The governor himself used to try to insert that last word wherever he could in his letters, even when it did not really fit at all, and on rereading his texts he always found himself obliged to cross it out again.

I find this passage dryly funny. Reminds me of the style of writing I applied in secondary school - to fill up the quota of 350 words on the BM karangan. Haha.


:-) said...

Hi Sharkgila,

I hope you don't mind me asking, why you say it is dryly funny? I actually hoping to learn something here ... :)

sharkgila said...

hi Nel,

Quite a few people asked me this question. I've posted a
little bit more explanantion
, hope this helps.

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