StephenKingman wrote:Dato, i think you have overly defended her, to be fair. Its great that you loved the book and you have obviously researched her life a great deal, but anyone can have an opinion on a book or whether they like it and (bar a complete misunderstanding) they dont normally change that opinion. Rather than go in depth replying to each and every one of your points about Helene, I will reiterate that personally, I found it odd that she made so many excuses over a 20 year period to not travel to London, when she could have saved a few of her Digest cheques and put off refurbising her flat to save the money. I thought it was a bit of a dampener that the only time she saw the bookstore was when the owner was dead!
As for your character description, it doesnt really support the fact that you dont want anyone to say a bad word against Helene. Im sure other people who have read the book didnt like her or warm to her, is that wrong? I would certainly never give a book a glowing review just to 'fit in' with the general opinion. For example, I hated To Kill A Mockingbird, didnt find it interesting at all, and if anyone doesnt like that, then fair enough, I dont really care. I could also say to you that Stephen King had a hard upbringing or his wife had surgery lately (im pretty sure she didnt though!), and thats why he doesnt come accross well in interviews etc. Its a waste of time me trying to change someone elses opinion because it contradicts mine, and I think you are trying to present your own view as gospel and an alternative view as rubbish. This thread only has a few positive reviews I have found many negative ones out there, so they do exist.
I dont mean to say you were wasting your own time adding that footnote, but let people make up their own mind about the book. I didnt even think about it when i read tha last page and wanted to move on to my next book so at least you have caused quite a debate but hey, thats the nature of this place. It would be interesting to see if other people read it and post an opinion. :D
You hated To Kill A Mockingbird and I am not surprised to learn that. I am going to repeat once more that I TOTALLY respect your right to your opinions. You have stated why you disliked '84' and I have stated a defense of my opinions. Q.E.D. (thus it has been stated).