Yup, sort of.
Posted by Betsy on February 06, 1998 at 05:53:43:
In response to I understand your feeling, written by KateMcQ on February 05, 1998 at 19:54:57
Yeah, I guess I was all hyped because Ralph Fiennes was going to star in the movie,
so I really wanted to read the book first (I confess, I'm a snob that way). But I really
could NOT get into the book. I didn't finish it with a "whoa" the way I did books
like Emma or The Power of One. I was just glad that it was over. Well,
not really that, but just felt like I'd finished a hard task. If that makes sense.
I think for me, the problem was that I completely understand Lucinda. I'm living
in a country where I don't speak the language and where all my acquaintance is either married
or living wildly divergent lifestyles than my own. Shopping is, in a way, for me what
gambling is for Lucinda -- my excuse to get out and be near people, even if I never
talk to them or anything (and frankly, it's costing me about as much as it did
Lucinda!!). So, while I totally felt for her, I couldn't get into Oscar and
didn't have a sense of them being like souls or destined or anything like that.
He simply never did anything that made sense to me...I wanted to reach
into the pages and knock reality into him -- but couldn't. So I spent the
book totally rooting for Lucinda to find some ground or stability but
not entirely thrilled with Oscar as a comparison/compliment.
I'm not even sure if I said anything that made sense here (feel free to tell me I didn't!);
but I don't think I'll be pulling O&L off the bookshelf anytime soon for a re-read.
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