What the heck was that ending?
Posted by KateMcQ on February 12, 1998 at 17:59:02:
In response to Ok, time for my rant?, written by Cheryl on February 09, 1998 at 11:07:12
] Well, here we are at the end of O&L, and while there are plenty of good things I want to talk about, I must get this rant out of my system and hope that someone (Hil? ;-) can help me to accept the ending to this novel.
] Tthhpphhtthh!! Peter Carey!
After struggling through the book, I finally finished it. What an ending! I don't always need a happy ending, but I would like to know that the characters' lives have some purpose and direction. Oscar's inability to express himself to Lucinda is pardonable (or at least understandable), based on his upbringing.
However, what was Lucinda thinking? She knew she loved him and yet she let him go on a dangerous journey. Up to that point, Lucinda did things she wanted. Why all of a sudden was she powerless to state her mind and tell/ask him not to go? This inconsistancy annoys me. She seems like such a strong woman, yet she wimps out when it matters. It's just not plausible to me.
The ending with Miriam was a little to trite. It seems like she was thrown in in order to add a "little twist."
I was disappointed with the book. Should I still see the movie or will I be further disappointed -- any thoughts?
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