Decisions, decisions, decisions – life’s full of decisions – do Harold’s subsequent experiences once he decides to walk affirm his original decision? Do we look for affirmations when we’ve made a decision to get a confirmation that we did the right thing? Is there something inherently cautious in our psyches that troubles us and therefore makes us settle for inaction rather than action? Please help!!
I,m glad that I don,t live in small town America…in the novel, most characters are either potty, alcoholic, xenophobic or obssessed with sex! Having said that, the central theme is pertinent to anywhere. Clint,s potential retirement, the kids flying the nest and finding that he,s “a Spanish swan amongst Norwegian geese” triggers nostalgia for the past and his unrealised ambitions. He wants to recapture his lost youth and make different choices. It was nicely put on page 92, his life has turned out “as if he were in a play written by someone who didn,t like him”.
I do quite like his character, he does have a conscience about his behaviour, but my sympathies lie with his long suffering wife, Irene. I admire her determination to fight for him, be it with a gun! after she had coolly weighed up the “pros and cons” of life on her own after 34 years! She has no illusions….she says that “all men are hitch hikers” Do we agree with this?
I did , surprisingly, enjoy the book and think the story worked well wrapped around the rather ludicrous independance day celebrations.
Whilst I enjoyed the book I found that after a very good beginning it hurtled towards the end as if the writer had realised it would take forever to finish it at the pace she began. I rather suspected the denouement and must admit the story played unashamedly with my emotions. Another book in a similar vein but perhaps rather better written in my view is The Adventures of Goodnight and Loving by Leslie Thomas – well worth a read. Charlotte.
Enjoying it so far but I so wish he would get some walking boots. Charlotte
Here’s my compublog for the writing of M Atwood.
Irritating, or often irritating, mostly irritating, use of punctuation, too many stops. I’m not sure, if I was writing, something that is forbidden by the Angels, I would, possibly, prefer not to hesitate quite so much, in fact, it might be a relief to put a string of words together, did I say string? without the constant use of the comma, or full stop. What about the constant qualification – did I say qualification, we used to have qualifications at school, we used to have school, in happier drays, when books could, and should be, written in a way that doesn’t need constant qualification of the subject; let’s not forget the unremitting use of comma, after comma, after comma, I remember a comma once, did i remember it, or was I told it. As you can see, seeing is only permitted, I think, sometimes think, by Angels, I’m going bonkers with Atwood.
Far too nebulous for me.
Ah yes well it would leave you up in the air now wouldn’t it. I hope they all escaped to a better life!!!! Anything would be better than that Big Brother restriction although we move ever forward towards that end methinks. Or is it a regression ??? Charlotte (sorry forgot to sign)
Am about half way through The Handmaid’s Tale and oh that choking and constricting feeling is back…. Will we ever break free? I had to take myself round Dartmoor and to the pub to wash the depression away! Charlotte