From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: Re: (urth) Jungle Garden Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 09:40:48 -0700 Yves Menard, not at all the author of the Quixote, points out thatthe animals Isangoma mentions are South African in origin and observes that: >This seems to point rather strongly to a South-American context. Which is much better stated than my foolhardy and premature use of "must." (Thanks, Josh. A very strong word indeed.) >>So I'm thinking that they don't come from the "real" >>South Africa at all, but from the South Africa of jungle movies. > >Or more generally speaking, from the jungle country of jungle movies, that >obscenely fecund, oppressively green realm that seems firmly rooted in our >20th-century subconscious, without any need for external validation -- or >consistency. Bingo. Good catch. And what do we know about the gardens and the people in them? That some people whose psyches are attuned to their peculiar ambiance wander in and are caught, and become part of the exhibit. (I'm not even quoting from memory, I'm paraphrasing from memory, so I can't cite page or anything.) It's entirely possible, and I suspect even likely, that Isangoma, Robert, and Marie are actually citizens of the Commonwealth who wandered in and were caught in this way. Actually, I've suddenly entirely re-visioned the Botanic Gardens in my mind ... In other words, Father Inire has built (for whose amusement?) a theme park, a sort of posthistorical Walt Disney World with living audioanimatrons. (The horror! The horror!) --Blattid _________________________________________________________________ STOP MORE SPAM with the new MSN 8 and get 2 months FREE* http://join.msn.com/?page=features/junkmail --