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22 May 2006 @ 10:51 am
Pella Marsh and the vanishing point.  

I don't even know if anyone else is reading it, but I did.
One of the things I noticed right away is how Pella keeps talking about distances, and the horizon line, and how difficult it is for her to deal with the open sky, etc. Especially in the beginning (ie, at Coney Island) she is not comfortable outside. Obviously this is because they have had to live pretty much enclosed the whole time.
This is in stark contrast to they way they live on the Archbuilder planet, when the houses aren't even really close enough to be called a town, and more than once they are described as just sort of sitting on the face of the planet, hardly attached. I really liked the contrast here, and how it echoed Pella's growing up and finding her own space. I'm probably having this discussion with myself, but I'm not sure that she really does at the end. I mean, she separates herself from Clement, and Ephram, but the weird connection she feels with Doug at the end...I would have prefered her not to need it, or think she needs it. Is this maybe because she's a thirteen year old girl written by a man? Or am I just missing something. Doug as a character seemed beneath her somehow. I understood her attraction to Ephram, and the reasons for it. And I understood the things that she and Doug had in common as far as being stuck between adulthood and childhood, but is that really enough?
Anyway, just some of my thoughts. I will probably post more later, just because.
 
 
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masayasu007masayasu007 on June 9th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
I'll have to look at the book again and see what I get out of it. I totally didn't get that at the end, as I think we talked about the other day. Still looking forward to actually talking about it.