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Posted September 6, 2004
Addy¿s occupation is an artwork restorer, and by going to the Caribbean for the funeral, she restores her past in the same way that she restores artwork. One of the main themes in the book is the theme of redemption and discovery of the past. Addy deals with the tough question of love, loss, and redemption. A very important question in the novel is whether those we love, who have the greatest impact upon us, truly regard us in the same way. Derek, Lou¿s son, says to Addy, ¿ But now I realize it doesn¿t matter if you are loved. It¿s enough to love. Whether yah loved back or not. Yah don¿t ask why, yah just do.¿ This book includes so many writing techniques that make it a good book. It makes you want to keep reading it. There is tension in the book and so many events that are rare and interesting, but at the same time, very realistic. The reader jumps right into Addy¿s skin and experiences what she has to go through to uncover her past and make the best of the present. As a child, Addy had psychological problems that nobody dealt with in the right way, except for Lou. Lou I not try to tame her or change her. She accepted her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 24, 2001
Like father, like daughter
Fascinating story of what it's like to look like you have everything but feel like you have nothing. Writing well must be in the genes of that family. Styron captures alienation beautifully and depicts the island culture with an unerring ear. I loved this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.