Which Character Do You Prefer?

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Re: Which Character Do You Prefer?

Post by innocent360 » 25 Jul 2018, 03:39

Duke was always in touch with his demons. He understood the risks and consequences of his actions, but still made the choices he did. I liked this flawed character because he took ownership of his choices.
Gary, well, Gary didn't make choices. Gary just hedonistically drifts from one bad decision to another. He turns his life around but we aren't witnesses to that transformative stage of his life--just to
the wild years and the events that occur decades later.

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Post by tilly4588 » 26 Jul 2018, 00:29

I prefer Gary even tho duke made it interesting too.I really enjoyed Gary because from the start he made the story lovely for me to continue....

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Post by mtsnel006 » 26 Jul 2018, 03:28

I liked both characters really well, both of them equally. Their stories are amazing, and coupled together they make the whole book sounds so interesting and inspiring in some way.
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Post by joycechitwa » 26 Jul 2018, 03:52

For me Duke's character is more striking, largely because he has lived life long enough to have a more holistic approach to the things that he does. For Pete's sake, he's actually living with cancer! His life, though flawed in a thousand ways, has character and depth that can only come from years of experience. Gary strikes me as young, inexperienced and therefore just drifting in life, waiting to see where it will all end up.

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Post by dbulkley » 26 Jul 2018, 20:37

Gary is much more unpredictable! The other I could go with or without honestly!
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Post by Oscar Osman » 30 Jul 2018, 00:55

Duke is my most favourite character since he approaches life in a mature manner.

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Post by Adediran Israel » 31 Jul 2018, 19:08

I love Duke character compare to Gary, he sound more real and endrgetic than Gary

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Post by asere_maryanne » 01 Aug 2018, 06:07

Duke is my favorite, even though he had a carefree approach to life, he knew what he was getting into and he was ready for the consequences.

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Post by samiam013 » 05 Aug 2018, 17:22

I have to say that I 100% enjoyed reading about Duke's character as a sword swallower. His life took so many twists and turns and even though he faced so many challenges he persevered. The fact that he chose to live one day at a time and never faltered from this mindset made him an incredibly compelling character in my mind. Gary seemed to follow others thought processes and what others were doing at the time. I did not feel as though he based his life choices on any internal guidance from his own mind's views. Gary was exceptionally easily influenced by those around him which did not always turn out well.
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Post by Cher432 » 26 Aug 2018, 15:48

I preferred Duke as he was he was way more interesting than Gary. He lived a very interesting life and grew up in the school of hard knocks.

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Post by Disneyland » 18 Sep 2018, 18:07

I prefer the character of Gary Robinson to Duke Reynolds. He is a college graduate- young, aspiring, learning about life, chosen by Duke for his wisdom to be passed, in life. The character of Gary is a message of a possibility that is greater than Duke Reynolds. So he wins our admiration and inspiration!

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Post by Henry Wobi » 18 Sep 2018, 18:12

Duke was kind of eloquent but Gary looked timid to me..

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Post by SpencerVo » 14 Nov 2018, 18:35

I prefer Duke as he had a more interesting history and lived life with passion and inhibition. However, the one I relate to more is Gary. I am curious about how Gary would build his life up from scratch after he had received such positive lessons from Duke.
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Post by Kishor Rao » 25 Nov 2018, 01:04

I found Duke's character very much compelling. He had this layer to him which was very much intriguing to read and the character itself was very much likable inspite of the flaws which Duke had.
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Post by Radiant3 » 13 Jan 2019, 12:53

I found both characters interesting, but Duke led the more colorful life.

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