Gannon wrote:Howdy DATo thanks for your brilliant post, it opened my eyes to a number of points that I had missed. Ok try this one on for size.
After the second reading, and thinking about it, I am convinced that Luisa Rey, Sonmi and Meronym are the same character reincarnated.
Firstly this would explain the birthmark that they all have.
Secondly, at the end of "Sloosha's Crossin' An Ev'rythin' After", Zachry's son tells us that his father thought that Meronym was Sonmi reincarnated.
Lastly, and this point is the one that really convinced me. When Hae-Joo, Xi-Li and Sonmi are running from the Unanimity goons and their car swerves off the road and drops down an embankment, Sonmi recalls Luisa's memory of being forced off the bridge and the drop to the water below. The passage reads,
" I remember the drop: it shook free an earlier memory of blackness, inertia, gravity, of being trapped in another ford; I could not find its source in my own memories."
This is obviously Luisa Rey's memory.
I also seem to remember reincarnation being mentioned and alluded to sporadically throughout the novel.
What are your thoughts? :D
OMG Can't believe I missed that Hamlet reference & it my favourite Shakespeare! :oops: But I did note a lot of references that have religous overtones, the server's schedule & the monastic 4:30 rising, vespers and even the "pray our honorable diners to debit their Souls" and of course, repetition of the Papa Song mantra.
I did pick up on the fordpark and the disney and the sony and the starbuck, definitely does suggest a corporate take over of the vernacular. The Bridge Of San Luis Rey is a new one to me ... should I add it to the TBR do you think?
Can't agree with you on the Hydra though ... as I remember it the Hydra was many headed beast and protected the entrance to the Underworld. I think it was Medusa who had the snakes for hair & turned men to stone ... awful woman!
Going to have to re-read with a pencil & notebook to hand :lol:
DATo wrote:In keeping with all of my recommendations I submit that this book may not be for everyone. The stories are very interesting if taken on their own merit but the author is also describing philosophical premises dealing with the ideas of continuum, determinism, intrinsic human nature and the threads of human experience which echo down the ages - how actions in the past may effect things in the far distant future.
A movie production of this book has been in the works since last year and will be debuting on October 26. The movie, which I am led to believe is a faithful representation of the book, received a ten minute standing ovation when it was presented to a select audience at the Toronto Film Festival.