The Dove Died
Posted by Margie on September 19, 1997 at 11:46:48:
In response to Post for MARGIE!, written by Bryan K. on September 17, 1997 at 18:58:04
My other favorite is The Sweet Dove Died. I love the tragic sense to the novel. It had the usual Pym elements, but the characters had a complexity to them that I adored and the ending still disturbs me.
The Sweet Dove Died is a brilliant book, but more than the ending disturbs me, the characters disturb me, too -- all the more so, because they are so lifelike. Leonora makes me nuts -- the way she cuts Phoebe out of James' life. She (L) seems incredibly narcissistic. Then Ned comes along and cuts Leonora out of James' life, and I end up feeling sorry for her. Ned seems down right psychopathic, he gets so much glee out of removing Leonora. But then there's James himself -- such an attractive man on the surface, but so easily led by Leonora and Ned. They are fascinating characters.
I was struck by your phrase "the tragic sense to the novel." I never would have seen that on my own, and it's extremely apt.
I think this was one of BP's later works (?). I wonder if that has anything to do with the greater complexity of the characters, and the "darker" feel to the work.
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