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I'm studying this, or should be studying this, for the looming exam, and was wondering if anybody wanted to have a chat about it, to get an external opinion?
What do you want to talk about? :P
I dunno really, just fancied a chat, main themes, significance of various events etc.
Well, do you like the book?
I'm alright with it. I find some parts to be really annoying, like his over-descriptive scientific explanation. Like "Um, I don't even understand what you're saying...?" And some parts where he got you hooked in the story, and he's building up tension, but all of a sudden, he takes a diversion and talk about something else! Annoying really..
But isn't that all part of the teasing narrative because it makes you want to read past the his diversion and get to the action? Also it is revealing about his character, how he is easily distracted and very analytical of every situation.
Yeah you're right. But couldn't it have a negative effect on some readers as well? Like for those in my class who just decides to close the book, or even skip all the scientific narrative.
I do like the way he puts in Parry's and Clarissa's letter in so we get a different view other than his own.
True, but then we have to read it, so the people who don't read it aren't going to do well, and they can't really blame that on the book. And yes I agree but also how do we know we are actually seeing another side? That's the thing with first person narrative, you never know if the narrator is honest. We start to question his honesty when Clarissa says that the letter looks like Joe's writing, and therefore he could have made up all of Jed's letters.
Thats the whole point i think. Because Clarissa said that the handwritting was similar it causes us, the reader to question more what he is saying and whether it is real or not, is it Joe or Jed who is 'mad' as he puts it. The similar names Joe and Jed may also have been used in order to again confuse readers and make us think about whether Jed is a fictional character Joe has conjured up.
I did enjoy the use of letters to help give other insight apart from joe's but i think the use of the appendixe's was a brilliant idea!