George R. R. Martin – Portraits of His Children Audiobook
Portraits of His Children is a short story from 1985 (for the VO) which won the Nebula award. You will find it in particular in the collection The Ice Dragon, disparate collection composed of two new fantasy and two others more fantastico-bizarro-horreur.
This short story George R. R. Martin – Portraits of His Children Audiobook completes the book and appears very commonplace at the start (like the previous one, but over a longer period of time). We meet Richard Cantling, a writer in his fifties who now lives far from civilization and who has just been angry with his daughter. He receives paintings by mail and during very strange nights, we learn more about his relationship with the characters in these books.
The construction of this news is a gem. Little by little, we learn more and more about Richard’s (more or less successful) writing career and also about his personal life. From commonplace, it becomes more and more intense and breathless. Even if once again, the end is a little too ambiguous (a little).
Obviously, the reader is tempted to transpose that to George R. R. Martin: a writer “must” behave in the same way to know, preserve or find success. I hope not but the question arises and I admit that I found it dizzying So maybe I am happy in imagining that George RR Martin is not that far from Richard (or that he writes that as a foil). In any case, it is once again very well conducted.
The book contains 34 short stories and screenplays by George R. R. Martin, some of which have already appeared such as the Volcryn, the Wandering Knight, the Ice Dragon …
George R. R. Martin – Portraits of His Children Audiobook it is very pleasant to read, the style is fluid, the vocabulary of good behavior without being obscure , apart from the first page, the pleonasm or even that stung my eyes .. it’s not serious, that!
For the bottom, I have nothing to add to the excellent comments of Graymarch, except a little reflection on the end of the news:
I understand my brother doesn’t like final ambiguities too much; and I would have gone further: in my opinion, the final paragraph is useless and too prosaic, after the confusion of the last lines. I would have advised GRR (no, but who she thinks she is! ^^), so I would have advised her to finish on “her family. His characters. Their children. A dry, enigmatic conclusion, supported by such a dry, unadorned syntax, in three nominal sentences, a metaphor for the drying up of Cantling’s human life. For the literary life, that is discussed, there is the problematic of the news.
I will rather quickly address the themes of the news:
Some loose comments on the themes: I think we find in this short story, as well as in the pear-shaped man, one of the founding themes of ASOIAF: the theme of identity or rather of confused identity, which diffracts into disturbing figures but approached with great finesse by GRR:
the theme of devouring = the fear and / or the desire to be annihilated oneself or to annihilate the other by being “absorbed” or by “absorbing” it, by being “cut up” or by “cutting it up” ” The two news items are very clear on this. And ASOIAF should be reread from this angle (Theon, the Rat Coq, Skagos, Brienne… among others)
Cantling, to use a Rabelais metaphor, takes to its highest point the art of tapping into the substantial marrow.
the theme of the incestuous relationship – seen here from a fantastical and symbolic angle, which unites the theme of identity and annihilation of oneself and / or the other: Family portrait is a brilliant demonstration of this.