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Old 05-06-2012, 01:07 AM   #10
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I enjoyed this book. I had trouble getting into it at the beginning and had to start over and re-read the first 40 pages or so. I wish that I knew something about New York to appreciate the descriptions of the city. I was really drawn into the story once Effie receives the note from the hospital regarding Mrs Andrew Callingham. The writing was very excellent, and I did a lot of highlighting (more than typical!).

How could you not root for Effie? Her pain felt so raw. I was so proud of her when she changed her name on her apartment. It must have been heart-wrenching to be so kind to Marian on her deathbed. You want her to be awakened to find herself. Let that dream crash into dust and discover a life that's not built around a worthless dream.

This description really hit me:
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Inextricably she and Marian were bound together, waiting for him to come to them across the world, waiting for him to prove he did care, he did love - which woman was not the issue now. Demanded now was proof of love stronger than his own ambition or his present lust. For Marian, dying, and for Effie, long believing, there must be testimony that here was a man worth death and endless fidelty.
The scene between Andrew & Effie just verified that he was a complete cad. He represents a dream, a caricature, a memory, a newspaper headline. I suppose he didn't need to be developed any deeper.

i liked Dennis better as the book progressed and his character develops more self-awareness. I enjoyed the description of curiosity as his muse. One wouldn't have expected him to leave his own literary tea for his book at the beginning. Somewhere along the way he describes his friendship with Effie like armor from the outside world. I liked this quote at the end too:

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Losing her as a character under his control, Dennis was alarmed; now she was as baffling to him as himself, unpredictable, unanswerable, and he feared she was becoming to much a part of himself.
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