Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Dialects, Pawns, Torture

I have just finished reading 3 books; Wish You Well by David Baldacci, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, and The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld.
Wish You Well is a great story and a coming of age tale of 2 children living in NY city, an older sister and younger brother. After a family tragedy they are sent to live with a great grandmother they have never met. This great grandmother lives on a farm in a rural mountainous area of Virginia. The time period is the early 1940's. I had read some not so nice comments on the dialects, the language that these people spoke. Good grief! Dialect and also colloquialisms are some of the things that makes a person and characters in a story more interesting, it gives believable life to the characters.
The Blind Assassin was a great story also, it is a carefully, unfolding story of 2 wealthy sisters born in Canada, just before and after WWI, they grow up with little parenting, little supervision, little education, no ability to be independent and make their own decisions. They are wealthy with money, but poor in their position in life, living as prisoners and pawns to those that want to control them. This is a sad book, hard to put down, but an ending that puts it "all" together.
The Interpretation of Murder was an interesting book; the book is full of Freud and Jung theories, psycoanalysis, repressed sex, torture, bondage, and the oedipus complex. I guess all of that has your attention. The book is based on a fact that Sigmund Freud and his protege Carl Jung came to America during the summer of 1909, they were in Manhattan for 1 week and very little is known about this time. The author weaves into this, a story of torture and murder of a young woman. The ending has a interesting twist. This book has been on the bestseller list at Waterstone's bookseller in Great Britain, but I don't believe it has done as well in America. I wonder why?

1 comment:

Imani said...

I've never tried a Margaret Atwood before, but you make her Blind Assassin sound interesting! And typically, if a book is going to be set during one of the World Wars, I prefer it to be the first one.