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Posted July 8, 2005
Just one opinion
I picked up this book based on the review in the NY Times. And I supposed I was expecting something completely transforming and astonishing from this highly praised young writer. So I was a little disappointed when the story ended without a solid picture of what happened to the main character, Jess. I understand that much of the plot was based on mystical and internal demons, but the fate of a few of the characters was left so open and unclear, that you never quite understood what was real or imagined. Characters just had things happen to them without any follow-up (a teacher 'goes away', her fate never explored - a friend ends up in the hospital...does she recover? is she back to normal? no answers there, either) or in the case of Jess's father, his 'recovery' after being touched by the menacing presence in the book, Tilly, comes right out of nowhere. One day, everything is just better. I think in the effort to keep the events in the book on a surreal plain, the story becomes just a little too weak by the end of the book, leaving you with something that's not quite fulfilling. It feels closer to an epic poem in which explanations and reasons are given at the writer¿s leisure and are not required.
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