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- Sep 30, 1989 (Age: 29)
- Munich, Germany
- English Teacher
- Favorite Writers:
- Vladimir Nabokov, David Mitchell, Phillip Pullman, Arthur C. Doyle, JRR Tolkien, Leo Tolstoy, Shakespeare
- Favorite Books:
- If on a Winter's Night a traveler, Lolita, His Dark Materials trilogy, Cloud Atlas, Pale Fire, Sherlock's adventures, Nostromo, Wuthering Heights, The Tempest, Atonement, Ghostwritten
- Favorite Quotes:
- “All the seven deadly sins are peccadilloes but without three of them, Pride, Lust, and Sloth, poetry might never have been born.” ¬ Nabokov
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I'm a New Zealander currently living throughout Europe - currently Germany, next month, Russia - and while English teaching is my primary job, the passions at the core of my being are language and literature, two passions which coincidentally are rather conducive to each other.
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When it comes to literature, I have to be honest and admit that I had a late start. Growing up in a district of existence which, while not eschewing books altogether, certainly eschewed the books that matter. Before the age of 18, the mention of Nabokov, Tolstoy, Verne, Dumas, Milton, Joyce, Dostoyevsky, and many others, would have hit me with less comprehension than a calculation of Hawking radiation... suffice to say that I have since discovered the beauty of good literature and have never looked back.
Now I'm currently putting the finishing touches on my first novel, a rather ambitious project called the Daughter of Perdition, a postmodern epic set in early 20th century Europe and written by the main character (or so the main character believes), which attempts to expose the evils of predestination as a form of oppression, and she achieves it by investigating and comparing the power of Gods, Authors, and Führers over their subjects. Does a man truly experience free will? Can a character rebel against his author? Will one young woman rise up against the Reich and break it?
Signaturethe Daughter of Perdition
“It will be hard to begin with, Lu,” says Leopold, handing me some water and a pouch of dried fruit. “Enlightenment always is. Just consider the Italian Renaissance – borne out the Black Death, war, and famine. Or French Enlightenment – borne out of revolution. You are only just beginning to bloom, and the frost leaves you feeling cold and miserable. Yet sunny days are coming, and take my word for it, Lu, you will blossom into one of the most beautiful flowers imaginable.”