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{Read Pdf} â Clara Å A tale of a man s obsession and a woman s indifference An aged author who has fallen from popularity tries to enlist the help of Clara, a local community computer skills trainer, to get his latest novel published He becomes obsessed with her, and with her as his muse sets down to pen his best novel yet Only Clara does not accept the role he has established for her, and the separation that ensues leads to tragic consequences I liked this as much, if notthan Olds other books This, perhapsthan the others, is about an emotional journey one of recognition, meant both in a normative and psychological sense But never in does this acknowledgement of the other appear in a pristine or uncomplicated fashion in Olds writing Rather, one might suggest that mis recognition is the real root, the guilty and troubled underside of the dialectic, the unknown unknown we can only hint at.In Clara for example at no poi I liked this as much, if notthan Olds other books This, perhapsthan the others, is about an emotional journey one of recognition, meant both in a normative and psychological sense But never in does this acknowledgement of the other appear in a pristine or uncomplicated fashion in Olds writing Rather, one might suggest that mis recognition is the real root, the guilty and troubled underside of the dialectic, the unknown unknown we can only hint at.In Clara for example at no point is there a proper Fichtean moment of the endorsement of a feature of the other as gifting them with the autonomous energy or cognition of the potential for self advancement Olds makes the characters in Clara, shine in their non light, in all their unexplored shadows and concealed mysteries Clara speaks of the twilight of man, emptied of the capacity of love, and filled with only the expectancy of toleration And yet lonely within it, we do see the glimmer of potential, the pilot light of a nascent flame If only things had been otherwise A captivating story This, I believe is an immediatist novel in the sense Hakim Bey might use it, or if not in that, my sense of immanence, pregnancy No Autopsy, critique Babies in jars The still born Darkest of Olds novels yet Leaves one angry, as might a lover with other affections, as might a star without a planet. A very interesting tale of obsession and its tragic consequences Rather cathartic in its emotional profundity and fearsome exploration deep into the ghostly heart of man A good book, a very good book.