Daniel Day-Lewis’ wife, Rebecca, said a couple of sentences describing living with his characters and naturally the Daily Mail stretched it into a whole article. She said her favorite was Abe because she didn’t have to live with him during filming. Hm. The article is meant to promote her new novel, Jacob’s Folly.
I finally finished Jacob’s Folly by Rebecca Miller. It took a long time to read it - long for me anyway. I usually devour books in a day or two. The first third of the book was tough. I felt like she didn’t find the rhythm of the story until almost halfway through. Then the pacing got faster and faster, and Jacob the fly played less of a role until the end, even though he was the main character. I’m not sure that everything gelled the way she intended.
I gave it four stars on GoodReads though because these kinds of stories are Herculean tasks. As a writer myself, I understand the work she put into it. I recognize it. I respect it. And once she relaxed her language, it was easier to follow. In typical Rebecca style, there were a lot of plots to keep straight and I worry that she over-complicated it. Love is a universal truth that doesn’t need a lot of complicated plots to teach people. On the contrary, people can get lost and deviate from the truth being taught through storytelling.
I need to think about it more before I really review it on my website’s blog. I wanted to do cartwheels over the novel because it’s reincarnation and reincarnation is my area of expertise. I’m not quite there. Maybe I just need to think about it for a bit.
Of course, now that I’m finished, I’m absolutely dying to know what Rebecca and Daniel actually think about reincarnation as a spiritual concept - a possibility of reality. Writers don’t typically explore it in such depth if they haven’t formed an opinion one way or the other. Since I’ve had my own experiences with reincarnation - even 18th century Paris - it’s a little more important for me to be curious.
I’m trying to read more of Jacob’s Folly by Rebecca Miller today. This painting is the wrong century but the lady’s expression kind of says it all, lol. Rebecca’s starting to relax her language a bit as I go further along, which is better. I felt like I got slammed with her extensive vocabulary all at once in the first few chapters like she was trying too hard to have period language. I felt like she was trying to prove she could write a period piece, although most of the novel is set today in Long Island. The language has relaxed just enough that I can mentally sink into the story more, so I’m happier about that. I give her credit for coming up with the original idea of what happens when a human reincarnates into a fly. This fly has an omnipresent psychic thing going on though and I’m not sure how that happened, other than it’s a necessary storytelling tool. As an actual reincarnation researcher, I’ve had to throw out my understanding of how the process works to enjoy this as a fiction piece. I’m still dying to know how Rebecca, and perhaps more curiously, how Daniel Day-Lewis interpret reincarnation as a concept. I’m dying to know, I tells ya.