Crandall's Christmas Book Club discussion
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message 2: by Ann (last edited Feb 25, 2009 03:43AM) (new)
Really good idea to have a separate topic for each part of the book; thanks for starting all this up, Crandall! I've just read about 10-15 pages so far. The perspective that the narrator has about what his adult children think is "best" for him, and his fierce desire to remain independent, really touch me. With parents in their 80's, my husband and I are dealing with these delicate questions currently. I felt the same way about the narrator in Water for Elephants.
I just finished Part I am really enjoying it so far. I find the narrator is really endearing. The idea of an old man dedicating his life to researching his Grandmother is very lovable. It kind of cute when he glorifies her, but I like it when he mocks her obsession with social mobility and her somewhat ridiculous relationship with Augusta. I also love the characterization of Rodman. Whenever he mentions him I think of the thumb on the doorbell. good passage.
Anyone have any thoughts on the phrase "angle of repose?"
(This is fun).