Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Inspirations: John Lennon

Half of what I say is meaningless,
But I say it just to reach you, Julia.

This quotation from Julia on The White Album was on my initial list of suggested epigraphs for Five Wounds. There are several reasons why I wanted to use it (and indeed I only rejected it because securing permission to quote it would have been prohibitively expensive). Here are some of those reasons:

I grew up in Liverpool, and I have the same birthday as John Lennon.

My mother was born in the same year as Lennon (1940) and she also died in the same year as Lennon (1980).

My father was in the merchant navy, like Lennon’s father.

I was raised by my aunt, just as Lennon lived with his Aunt Mimi.

My mother grew up in a Liverpool orphanage, as does the protagonist of Strawberry Fields Forever (which is the name of an orphanage, although not, I think, the one where my mother lived).

I leave it to future readers to infer the possible connections between these facts and the characters and events in Five Wounds, but you might find some clues here.


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