[LMB] School Is no Place for a Reader OT:

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Wed Sep 4 15:30:22 BST 2013


On Sep 4, 2013, at 8:23 AM, Sue Cone <suecone at mindspring.com> wrote:

> On 8/25/2013 6:59 PM, Carol Cooper wrote:
>>> 
>> Hmmmm.  But I got the distinct impression that Mori was _written_ as an
>> unreliable narrator and great pains were taken to make the situation very
>> ambiguous.  We see everything entirely through Mori's eyes and we really
>> don't know how much of what she says about various things, inluding her
>> mother, is literally true - she plainly blames her mother for her twin's
>> death, but it's not clear what really happened.  And Mori is deeply
>> traumatized by the death of her twin.  I flipped opinions several times
>> during the reading of the book but ended up of the opinion that the fairies
>> were only real to Mori.  It reminded me a bit of 'The Sixth Element' where
>> one happily goes along with the viewpoint we're presented with, only to have
>> our perceptions turned on their heads by the twist at the end.  I felt
>> similar mind-games were being played, but without being presented without
>> the twist.
>> 
>> Carol
>> 
> 
> Chiming in very late due to a hard drive crash last week (thank heaven for Carbonite!) -- I still haven't made up my mind if those fairies were there or not.  Like you, I vacillated back and forth, but in the end, decided they weren't there...as you did.
> 
> Sue

I decided that it didn't matter.   I'm not someone who dislikes that kind of ambiguity.


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