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Naruse is always a good night out

Quick question: should I read HP6 before I read HP7, or should I read HP7 now so I don't get hit with spoilers?

Well, Late Chrysanthemums was as great as I hoped it would be - four former geishas in their early fifties, struggling to make a living in the mess that was post-war Japan. Everyone is struggling for money, but people are still contrained by the social niceties of a century ago. None of the women were black and white; the greedy one, the louche, the beautiful one wasting away with a weak heart, the struggling sake shop owner - the all seemed so well drawn. I was of course fascinated by the character of the woman who'd saved enough money to be getting rich, but was turning into a heartless pickle. She said the other women were all happier - and in some ways they were, and they enjoyed each other's company more - but she'd sold out her happiness for security. And, looking at the other women's lives, it was hard not to say she'd done the right thing. A great movie, 3 1/2 stars, and I can't wait to see Mother on Tuesday.

Afterwards we had a great adventure taking the #93 bus to Putney from Clapham Junction, finally giving up at Southfields and catching the tube (who would design a route so anti-intuitive?). shadowdaddy and I gave wechsler the business at a game of Puerto Rico again (okay, shadowdaddy beat both of us with 61 points and I brought up the rear at 33), and now I'm going to bed.

I miss having half of my LJ flist gone on vacation.

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conformer
Jul. 22nd, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)

Read the HP7 spoilers first, then start HP6.

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ajva
Jul. 22nd, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
No! Don't read any HP7 spoillers first; what are you thinking!!!!!
conformer
Jul. 22nd, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)

Do it! Don't listen to her! Do it!

You'll feel better!

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ajva
Jul. 22nd, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
This is someone who has "dildo recycling" on their interests list. Can you trust such a person?
conformer
Jul. 22nd, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)

Haa! Good point.

Still, I don't consider "dildo recycling" to be a "career bulldozer." It's just "emotional ammunition" for the "fish machine" in order to restore the "vegetable kingdom" to its former glory.

Also: never mind.

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ajva
Jul. 22nd, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
I see what "you're saying".
ajva
Jul. 22nd, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
HP6 and 7
Tricky. I'd say the best thing would be if you could read the two in quick succession. HP6 will give you an important insight into Snape's character that is very important for appreciating HP7, so on balance I'd say it's probably pretty important to read HP6 first, trying to avoid any Potter fan sites so you don't get spoilered for the last one. Does that help?
wendolen
Jul. 22nd, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Re: HP6 and 7
IAWTC. There is some pretty heavy shit in HP6 which is only sketchily explained in HP7, but necessary to really understand the action.
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webcowgirl
Jul. 23rd, 2007 07:31 am (UTC)
But that means I have to wait another six months to read HP7!
Fortunately I don't look at the fan sites and my "mass media" is the New York Times, the Seattle Times, and the Seattle P-I, so it's easy enough to not read the book reviews.
wordknitter
Jul. 23rd, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
I also think you should read 6 first - it explains the backstory of a great deal of what happens in 7.
mr_sadhead
Jul. 23rd, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
Oh I dunno. I read #7, had to guess what happened in #6 a few times, but could piece it together enough not to impede my progress.
robot_mel
Jul. 23rd, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
Yes
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