30 December 2008

Beckett on writing in a second language

Here's something from a site about Samuel Beckett: "Beckett said that when he wrote in French it was easier to write 'without style' - he did not try to be elegant." One problem with Filipinos writing in English is they try to be elegant in English, which is their second language (just like French was Beckett's second language), instead of focusing not on style but on content. Here might lie a clue why Philippine writing in English is not as recognized outside the Philippines as English writing from other countries is.

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