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primrose777 wrote:Hi Gannon,
I am about 3/4 of the way through O&L, it is such a different book to what I am used to reading. The characters are so raw. Sorry I am so slow, but it takes me a while to absorb what I am reading. At the risk of sounding illiterate , Peter Carey uses such BIG WORDS, some I have never heard of. I wish I had started off reading with my dictionary in hand. I am sure I could use some of them in everyday life. Will have to retrace my steps once I am finished.
I managed to pick up a copy of the First Man in Rome, I hope this is the first in the series. I was guessing. Couldn't find Morgans run. Looking forward to reading it and will let you know if I love it.
Lest you would think I'm ignoring you (I never would) ... it's just that I've had to re-read The Sense of an Ending to refresh my memory .... I think it was last August I read it & the old memory isn't what it was!
I remember really enjoying it but it certainly provides food for thought .... I'll be back to you later tonight with my two pence worth
To say the ending is ambiguous is surely an understatement ...... I really do think it's one of those books that each time you read it you find it's like reading a different book & interpretations that never even occurred to you on first reading start to appear blindingly obvious & what you thought you understood suddenly becomes obscure.
To start with, on first reading I felt the Blood Money? reference was Veronica’s way of implying that Anthony was to a degree responsible for Adrian's suicide but second time round, & given the question mark, I’m wondering was it her way of encouraging him to delve deeper. If she had just said ‘well, my mother felt you were badly treated by the family and wanted to make a gesture of reconciliation’ would he still have followed up the diary?
I have to admit it never entered my head that the child could be Sarah’s and Anthony’s .... I can’t see that but I’d love to hear what makes you think it.
Initially I thought it was obvious the child was Veronica’s brother and that it was Anthony’s poisonous letter that led to a rift between Adrian and Veronica & ultimately the suicide. There was the incident with the eggs for breakfast and the broken egg yoke ... was that a suggestion that Sarah was at that time pregnant with a damaged egg resulting in the damaged child? But second time round I’m inclined to think Anthony & Veronica were the parents and that Adrian finding out, & feeling that he was lied to by both of them, was the cause of his suicide. Now I’m not so sure, Anthony does say that the child resembles Adrian ... but then we see what we expect to see & he was pre-disposed to think of Adrian as the father. Or it could be that Adrian & Veronica were the parents but that Anthony’s poisonous letter caused the rift between them & led to the suicide.
But I still have no explanation for the child referring to Veronica as Mary .... is it just that he calls all women Mary or is there something else I’m missing?
No wonder Anthony does not understand ..... think I may have to read it again
The 'Mary' has me bemused too ... I do know an acquaintance of mine has an autistic child who calls all adult males John, that's the only explanation I can come up with but it seems a little too glib for Barnes.
I can see the argument for the Sarah/Adrian/Tony triangle but it doesn't seem the evidence. Did you happen to see on some site where someone has worked out Adrian's math theorem?
I'd love to tie Barnes to a chair & force him to tell us the truth .... but then maybe he doesn't know either
We will have to depend on Maud to supply the definite opinion ... I do hope she reads it.
Gannon wrote:Hey there Dato, thanks for dropping in on our little discussion. :D
DATo wrote:Gannon wrote:Hey there Dato, thanks for dropping in on our little discussion.
Hey there Gannon !!!!! Just edited the post to fix a spelling mistake. Hope it makes sense. I need to get deeper into this book as there is a lot going on in it. I am currently befuddled by "blood money" but Fran might be on the right track.