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She of the Karaoke Tribe, from the Archipelago of the [#permalink]
20 Mar 2013, 08:19
Though not a passage, as a beginner, i need help in comprehending the following. In case of complex sentences with lots of commas, sometimes i am getting fumbled. Can you please help in understanding the following?
She of the Karaoke Tribe, from the Archipelago of the Interminable Love Song, where Karen Carpenter never goes out of style, has not asked me to prove my love, but when she says she wants to go with her Filipina émigré friends to Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa, to see Air Supply Live! in concert, I seize this as an opportunity, after twelve years of marriage, akin to a renewal of vows, and as close to sacrificing my life for her as I’m going to get. It’s a card I will hold in reserve. “Yes, I cheated on you with your best friend, but don’t forget, I went to see Air Supply Live! with you at Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque.”
This is a very silly piece of writing, with lots of metaphors and jokes. However, it still has some basic components that you can use to break it down. The subject, "She," is followed by a whole lot of modifiers ("of the . . . ," "from the . . ., " "where . . ., "). If we want to understand the basic structure, we can skip all these and jump to the subject--"has not asked me to . . . "
So far, then, the structure of the sentence is "She has not asked me to prove my love." Now we have the conjunction "but," so we should expect to see a new clause. But where's the subject? It starts with a long modifier! "When she says [all the stuff she says], I . . . " Aha! the subject of the new clause is "I." Now we need a verb. "I seize this" (lots more modifiers).
So the core of that long sentence is "She has not asked me to prove my love, but when she says she wants to go (to blah blah blah), I seize this as an opportunity." The author is saying that his wife likes to go to musical events that he finds unappealing, but that he will jump at the chance to go with her to this concert, so that he can prove his love for her and she will "owe him one." He is ironically implying that after this great sacrifice, he can even get away with infidelity and be forgiven!
I hope this helps.
Dmitry Farber | Manhattan GMAT Instructor | New York
Re: She of the Karaoke Tribe, from the Archipelago of the [#permalink]
15 Sep 2013, 11:23
THanks a lot for clarifying my query. In general, how do i segregate such modifiers and get gist of the paragraph. Some sentences i am getting fumbled upon - say if i open some book on Kant. Kant starts with a sentence "Human reason ... " and then continue with lots of commas stuff. After reading such a long sentence, i am forgetting what this is about. Do i need to go through some grammer book - wren and martin sort - or simply do read a lot.
Re: She of the Karaoke Tribe, from the Archipelago of the
15 Sep 2013, 11:23