Midnight Robber

dialect & language in midnight robber

Wow, as the end-of-year-tiredness sets in, I keep on forgetting to do these...sorry about that...anyway, I was in the second group of presenters on Wednesday, and I was the one who talked about dialect and the use of language in the novel.

little things

I just wanted to comment on the time-space things that bothered me in Midnight Robber. I thought it was interesting how the two parallel worlds developed to be entirely the same, except in one, the humans colonized, and in the other, they didn't. It implies to me that there is something about humans which makes them extra-temporal. Somehow, everything but humans are constrained to carry out the same rolls in these two separate universes. To me, it implies that there is a physical and tangible aspect to human free-will.

Time Travel in Midnight Robber?

After finishing Midnight Robber, I got to thinking. There is a lot of talk about how New Half-Way Tree is in a different dimension. What if instead it was in a different time? I don't know exactly what that adds to the work, but it seems to fit better, and explain current Touissant more fully.

deities in "midnight robber"

One of the most interesting, yet very briefly discussed, differences between the inhabitants born on Toussaint and those whose ancestry traces far back on New Half-Way Tree is the concept of a higher power, the god-figure. The humans have Granny-Nanny while the douens have Father Bois.

I have to pass as well

I really enjoyed the book, but I need to sleep for a test tomorrow. This is my second pass, hope I wont need it later...

Response for Midnight Robber...

Two long essays, a couple other assignments....I really don't have time for this tonight, so I'll take my second pass now in hopes that I shouldn't have a problem doing them the rest of the semester.

There's some literary word for this writing style, but I forget what it was

Midnight Robber is a novel set apart from most other works of science fiction in its use of a non-Anglo-Saxon culture as the predominant society of its world. Science Fiction often deals with issues of individuals set apart from the rest of society or set in unfamiliar surroundings, trying to find their way, and so it is somewhat surprising that there are so few examples of Science fiction works written through the lenses of cultures outside of the western/American norm.

Importance of language

What struck me most about Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber was not any of the obvious subjects addressed in the novel: race and gender issues, rape, incest, self-love, self-respect, etc; rather, the language she used to discuss these things was so exact in its strange dialect and such a crucial part of the novel. In most of the novels we have read thus far, there is some strange vocabulary that helps define the strange world we read about, but in general, the language in which the author tells the story is easily understandable.

me, too!

paaass. work is eating my face!


It's a fine book, with a lot to talk about, but I have other things to do.



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