“If there is a …

10 Jan

“If there is a heaven, Jane Austen is sitting in a small room with Mother Teresa and Princess Diana, listening to Duran Duran, forever. If there’s a hell, she’s standing.”
― Roddy Doyle

Not a fan of Ms Austen apparently — don’t know what she thinks of him.

2 Responses to ““If there is a …”

  1. Alison Sinclair January 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    How can he call himself a writer! Doesn’t he realize that hell for a writer means no writing materials and no books!

    And I think he’s wrong if he’s implying those three women would have nothing to say to each other. Austen wrote about the chasm between what people said and what people felt and thought, between how they were expected to behave and what they wanted. About how social roles distorted characters and lives. The other two lived that, both having roles with heavy, heavy social baggage – idolized as long as they kept to the narrow script, and punished when they deviated. In the afterlife, they could let their hair down, say all the things they could never say in life, laugh about things they could never laugh about, and generally dish the dirt.

    • Bundoran Press January 14, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

      Mr. Doyle is Irish and an iconoclast — which may be the same thing. It certainly helps explain his attitude to those three.

      In any case, this is why I post these quotes — to stir it up and provoke response.

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