What is the Nature of Authorial Intent? Tarr & Bookgroup


Recently I poked my nose into a local book group. I enjoy these kinds of things so much. I wish I had the time and friendship group able to undertake such a gathering regularly locally. (More on that to come next week.)

I've visited one or two book groups in the past but they have always read and then wished to discuss my own books. This time I got to pick someone else's book. And I chose Judith Tarr's The Lord of Two Lands.

1700 Banyans  1700s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I've reviewed this book before and while I love it, Publisher's Weekly is not so kind.

At the book group we talked a great deal about Egyptian mythology and the history of Alexander the Great. I realized that I appreciate this book a more for having a working knowledge of both. (Speaking of here's The rise and fall of the Macedonian Empire in pictures.) I now think a better book fro beginners not already vested in the history, that still tackles the changing ways of Ancient Egypt is the excellent YA novel Mara: Daughter of the Nile. So if you picked up The Lord of Two Lands and struggled with it, I urge you to try Mara instead. 

Some of the things mentioned in the book discussion:


This is one of those times when I want to sit the author down and ask her about her intent.


Was Tarr aware of accessing these tropes or is it me reading too much into it? She seems so well educated in the classics I must assume she knows.

And yet, does that matter? I remember Mike doing an academic piece on my use of the New Woman Archetype in the Alexia books. Frankly, I have no idea what he's talking about, but he made me sound so very smart. And if he read my intent in accessing the New Woman, does it matter that I was unaware myself? After all in writign a book, my words become the readers to interpret. Are they really mine anymore?

If the author is unaware of the percussive nature of her work does that lessen the impact? 


And with that philosophical thought, I leave you. 


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