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Saturday, 7 June 2008

Interactivity – the most interactive media perhaps the only one is the novel! - Debate

Interactivity – the most interactive media perhaps the only one is the novel argues french author Patrick Rambaud! - Debate Open. A strong kick off to this debate is given by P. Ram-Baud from whom I have translated some exerts from the last chapter of his book, "La grammaire en s’amusant.- Learn french grammar in an amusing way" A most entertaining pocket size book written in a simple easy to follow narrative style as a dialogue between a father and his ten-year-old son, by Patrick Rambaud, in french of course.


Patrick Rambaud desserts on the novel:

Translation below by J. Alexander.

A novel is a rectangular block
Of white pages, covered with
Black signs, in computing language,
Code. (or chord)

“I heard there was a secret chord”

You can carry everywhere.
It does not weigh much. Often,
It fits your pocket,
It is not expensive to buy.

“And David played it pleased the Lord.”

You do not need a battery, or an electric socket,
Nor an aerial, nor a subscription to a web network.
It never breaks down. However,

“But you don’t really care for music do yuh?”

It contains adventures and thoughts, images and sounds,

“Well it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth.”

Crowd movements, spectacular events,
Knowledge, hope and despair, fear and laughter.

“The minor fall, the major lift.”

The author shows the road to follow,
Like the signposts on a pilgrim pathway.
And he seeks to lead you onwards.

“The baffled king composing Hallelujah”

But it is left to the reader to meet him half way
For it is the reader’s imagination alone
Which will bring the novel to life.

“Hallelujah…"

On the upside I have sneaked in the lyrics of Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah as a Tribute to this talented, unwise, artist who very sadly left us too soon.
This Tribute was only made possible due to advanced technology and more especially generous, open, sharing humankind, the lyrics for Hallelujah are from Lyrics007 which contains Links to more Jeff Buckley lyrics and and to others. The Video is due to durdherd and YouTube.

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