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|GR: parody to the end
Written by Cherie
(4/22/2003 10:47 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Some rambling thoughts, penned by Rae
] I really liked the way JA makes use of some obvious devices at the end - Eleanor's suitor inheriting unexpectedly etc - to save her from having to write a more detailed ending. The work of the novel is done by then and so she can take a shortcut to bring it to a close. For a book which has played around with the idea of the novel, this seems appropriate.
At the end, she seems to return to the more obvious style of parody that filled the first few chapters. Eleanor's deus ex machina fiance was a funny device, after I said, 'Whoa, where did he come from?' and realized what she was doing.
] I think here is a real darkness at the heart of the book, and it is incredibly modern in its psychological insights.
Linda Fern's post higher up the board explores this, too Thank you both for bringing it up.
I'll add my thanks to yours to Cheryl & the other GR participants!
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