Wise simplicity

By Kate. August 11th, 2010

What touches me about Saul is the way he’s both complex and simple. His view of the world, and of people, is freighted with an enormous depth of experience. And yet, his caring is so uncomplicated by self-interest that he receives others with a beautiful simplicity. I’m especially thinking of his interaction with the Russian prostitute in part 3 of the story. He seems almost a naive innocent there, and this (apparent) innocence is played for laughs.  (I agree with Flyss – it’s very funny!) But the very next scene with the gangsters shows that in fact Saul is anything but innocent.  This mixture of qualities develops throughout the piece, and I look forward to your reaction when you see more.

It’s also interesting to think how unlike Oxadrenals Saul is, even though this is a story filtered entirely through Oxadrenals’ mind. — Kate

2 Comments

  1. Strattera says:

    I agree that the style is different. No puns loaded into the middle of each sentence. But the humor, it seems to me, is on the same terrain. The idea of smoking cigarettes made from shredded bureaucratic documents is pure Oxadrenals!

    Overall, the elaborate verbal style reminds me of Ox. The wordiness at first put me off. But once you let go into it, it’s very funny. I’m enjoying it a lot.

  2. Janni Lloyd says:

    Hi Kate,
    You said – ‘What touches me about Saul is the way he’s both complex and simple. His view of the world, and of people, is freighted with an enormous depth of experience. And yet, his caring is so uncomplicated by self-interest that he receives others with a beautiful simplicity. I’m especially thinking of his interaction with the Russian prostitute in part 3 of the story. He seems almost a naive innocent there, and this (apparent) innocence is played for laughs. (I agree with Flyss – it’s very funny!) But the very next scene with the gangsters shows that in fact Saul is anything but innocent. This mixture of qualities develops throughout the piece, and I look forward to your reaction when you see more.’

    Wonderful observation! My feeling is that those who are here for a loooonnnngggg time develop this ability to be comfortable with what appear to some to be opposites – they move beyond a polarised psyche/emotional structure . The dance of the yin/yang becomes harmonius.
    blessings Janni

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