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Author Topic: Chyrán's "The Ring" - Part I: Return + Part II: Encounter  (Read 6811 times)
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« Reply #15 on: 21 May 2014, 10:48:30 »

Art, as for me this type of story goes way over my head.  As I read the story I feel like a 5 year old trying to read Dante's Divine Comedy. However it is quite possible you are going to be next Dante.   So I guess the takeaway is simple.  Just because a five year old mind doesn't get it, doesn't mean you should stop writing classics and start writing Dr Seuss.  Keep up the complicated work.  I will leave the intellectual critique to the more sophisticated minds.

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« Reply #16 on: 21 May 2014, 10:53:25 »

Well, Mr 5 Year Old, just keep playing with your crayons.  You're good at that. :)

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« Reply #17 on: 21 May 2014, 14:59:09 »

Well, it's not particularly a story as such, so searching for a story won't get you anywhere, Seeker ;) Though there's an underlying theme that connects it. After all, the text returns (presumably) to the same person again, most likely the writer.

Rather the text highlights episodes from different view points told in first person circling on a central topic which are interconnected because people and their individual "stories" are interconnected as well. The episodes don't claim to ever represent an absolute truth - how could one be sure anyway what "truth" is? They are just perspectives, and with what and how the reader connects is not prescribed. It helps of course to see where perspectives change to understand it better and go on from there. In a way that's part of the idea however of Chyrán's text: That he didn't even provide an original title (because it is what the reader makes of it, he/she is just handed out varying, sometimes seemingly contradictory material) and that the text is cryptic and has to be reread, repeatedly so and delved into. That's why it was primarily read by sailors who had a lot of spare time, who learned to value it in the process.

A text like this of course is more art (or at least supposed to be) than entertainment, and you might compare it with arthouse films like Tarkovsky's "The Mirror", which seems like a jumbled mess of highlighted events at first glance, mainly memories, but also dreams, hopes and fears, stretching over multiple generations with the same actors playing different parts. Such a film requires multiple viewings, but will stick with you if you allow yourself to be immersed in it. That's because it tells not one story, but works as a prism for the recipient to reflect his/her own life, always from the point of view when you're viewing it, so it changes with you. At least that's one of the basic ideas behind the concept. :)
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