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Old 05-30-2017, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Marthen View Post
Jeff, I am impressed. Don't see too many quoting Shang Yang these days.
I like the book because of just how much dissonance there is between the intent when writing ('a path to restore order'), and the perception through a modern reading ('1984, pre-release edition'. My enjoyment is derived precisely from the difference between author intent and reader interpretation.
If one forgoes the 'death of the author' principle, I could not enjoy it in this way, only consider it bad (or at least dated) for the author not managing to draw me into his vision.
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