Harvey Koenig
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I don't get the ending.. Anyone have an opinion?

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Reign Forrest The most intriguing ending I saw among the comments (by a minority of one, I think) is that it was the mother who had the child Adrian, through an affair with Tony, and the family protected this fact by claiming it was Adrian and Veronica's child. This would explain several things: Tony's warmth (throughout the narration) toward the mother, Veronica's repeated accusation that Tony "just doesn't get it", etc. But it doesn't jibe with Tony's finding the young Adrian's likeness to the dead Adrian. (Tony's memory is faulty; that, of course, is the principal theme of the book. But there's no reason to doubt his current observations.)

So I'm unwilling to add the pair of Sarah-Tony to Veronica-Adrian and Sarah-Adrian as possible pairs of parents of the child Adrian.

More generally, I loved the book, even though it felt like a movie where one concedes to suspend disbelief in implausible happenings because so many facets are plausible/good/enjoyable.

The first three quarters seemed devoid of any implausibilities while being so full of insights about (the imperfections of) memory that it was impossible not to like the protagonist despite his shortcomings as a person and as a narrator. But both Tony's servility toward Veronica in the final quarter of the book as well as the extent of her nastiness seem implausible to me. (Yes, he still tends, in spite of himself, to look up to the upper classes and, yes, he hasn't got over Veronica even after all these years and, yes, she was always predisposed to be nasty toward him. Yet his obsequiousness in pursuing in spite of her treating him like dirt was out of character. Similarly, it didn't make sense for her to allow him visits when she hated him so strongly. What was the point in that?

But in spite of these bothersome issues, the overall serving with all those wonderful insights, the largely realistic characters (or at least Tony's character), and the ambiguities of the ending was delicious!
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Miza This book is about putting people down their pedestal.

Tony understands that Adrian was full of crap. And the only difference between his suicide and the suicide of his friend in scholl is that Adrian was a coward grownup man.

Tony understands also that Veronica is a sociopath that he shouldnt waist his time with.

Marie-thérèse Faidherbe
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