Regina Ebner (g.ebner@online.edvg.co.at)
Sun, 09 May 1999 18:37:17 +0200 The book definitely expanded my vocabulary... Lots of words I didn't learn in
school <g>
There were quite a few things that bothered me. First, parts of it I found a
bit too sentimental (especially the epilog), second, what one could call the
D.H. Lawrence school of writing about sex. Example:
_His horizontal axe cast a cruel shadow across the snowy peaks..._
Now that I stopped laughing, I can point out that I did like parts of the
novel very much. I think it works extremely well as a subversive American
Dream narrative. (What doesn't work is mixing it with the - hm - *repentant
sinner* narrative; I think that's what makes it unstructured, uneven, and - as
I mentioned - sentimental.)

Now I'd like to read the same story from Phyllis's point of view. With a first
person narrator I sometimes want to read another point of view ('wait a
moment, this isn't the whole story...').

Gina Ebner
Vienna, Austria

P.S. I quite enjoyed the hard-boiled egg thread... And I just discovered - and
I promise to go in sackcloth for at least a week (if that's enough) - that I
have no idea where the term HB comes from. (They didn't teach that one in
school, either. What exactly did I do there?) Could someone enlighten me?
(Off-list, if it's too basic...?!)

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