February meeting

The Worm Ouroboros
The Worm Ouroboros

In February’s meeting, we read Batter Up! Part 3 which begins with Bump Bailey’s death, and ends with Roy having dinner with Memo Paris, Max Mercy and a new character, Gus Sands, a “bookie” with a glass eye.

We discussed the various meanings of “hit the wall”, the associations of worms in English/Western literature and culture (I forgot to mention that “worm” has an old meaning of “snake” and is sometimes used to refer to the snake/Satan in the Garden of Eden; in Old English, “worm” was also used as a synonym for “dragon” – see “The Worm Ouroboros”, and “The Hobbit” (chapter XV) by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The king is come unto his hall, Under the Mountain dark and tall. The Worm of Dread is slain and dead, And ever so our foes shall fall!“), and why Roy does not want anyone to know about his past.

Our next meeting will be March 7 at 3 pm (not 3:15)

One thought on “February meeting”

  1. Marc,
    Your comment in stardust blog reminds me of this, “Holy Grail” of Monty Python.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V7zbWNznbs
    Some of them say that their series of Holy Grail are classics and others say stupid. Honestly speaking, hardly I can understand their humor. I guess I do not have enough knowledge to understand their humor or stories besides the language problem. Especially lack of the religion-related knowledge.
    Thanks a lot for your reports of the session “The Natural”. I have always been interested in them and amazed with that there are such extensive stories embedded in the novel. I wonder whether Japan has this kind of story, the great saga of “King Arthur”.
    I saw many movies whose plots are based on King Arthur or Holy Grail. “The Fisher King” set in present New York was a quite interesting one.
    After reading your reports about many implications in the novel,I associated the names of Fisher King and Lancelot with the symbol of Christianity and the holy spear.
    Thanks a lot.

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