February 18, 2008
Is Nemerov contained by Sophie's choice?
It is odd that I say limited by Sophie's choice. Those that have read the novel Sophie's Choice know the mind twisting saga. Those that have Nemerov know his cryptic writings. It seems that Nemerov's Flaubert is his Sophie. Handed over to Flaubert, Sophie's novel is as blank as it's ending. The characters need motive, plot, and beginning, but have none, nothingness. Yet in nothingness, lay Flaubert's comfort, in style lay his plot. He could lead Sophie to her eternal damnation or to a culmination of her lusts. Alas, if it be Sophie that he leave with only style then her current actions be all that she need to be her guide. To hell with Flaubert. Sophie controls the pages to which she exists and is not bound by the boring nothingness of Flaubert. Regardless of his droll, Sophie will continue, through the empty pages, her existence flowing like a plague, turning Nemerov's Flaubert into her tool. It is through this, through Sophie's swimming existence that Flaubert is bound, that Nemerov is bound. If Nemerov chooses nothingness, via Flaubert, or via himself then he is consenting defeat, for style alone cannot hold up to the characters of the previous realm of nothingness.
Posted by ctcamp at February 18, 2008 07:17 PM