January 12, 2007

The elusive lotus

Follow-up to Literary Scenery III from Lahari's

From Daniel Mason's The Piano Tuner:

"My men went on and presently met the Lotus-Eaters, nor did these Lotus-Eaters have any thoughts of destroying  our companions, but they only gave them lotus to taste of.  But any of them who ate the honey-sweet fruit of lotus was unwilling to take any message back, or to go away, but they wanted to stay there with the lotus-eating people, feeding on lotus, and forget the way home."


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  1. So do they tune a piano?

    25 Jan 2007, 10:48

  2. If, by “they”, you mean the lotus-eaters, no. The piano tuner, on the other hand, does indeed tune a piano.

    The lotus-eaters are in fact not part of the story, but merely used to illustrate a particular point. They are actually characters from Homer’s Odyssey.

    25 Jan 2007, 14:01

  3. So a book called the piano tuner which actually is about a piano tuner. There must be a genre of “things which are named after the things they are about because that’s what the stories about…” like the movies “swimming pool”, “panic room” and “phone booth” etc… or calling your hamster Hammy or your Gerbil Gerby :)

    We can even probably put “The unbearable lightness of being” into that category. Sigh…^^

    03 Feb 2007, 00:07

  4. You lost me at “So”. :-P

    03 Feb 2007, 00:32


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