05-26-2007 11:06 AM
Quindlen writes in the first person, from Bridget's perspective. What effect does this narrative viewpoint have on the story? How would the book be different if it were told from Meghan's point of view?
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06-27-2007 08:20 PM
If Meghan were telling the story I think it would be a lot more bitter, and even possibly short and to the point because Meghan doesn't seem to be the type to gripe about her problems. However, Bridget can gripe because she is the sister and she is worried, whereas I think Meghan would be too proud.
06-28-2007 04:49 PM
Good point about Meghan's narrative - I've tried to imagine this story from her point of view, but then, she would be much less of a "star" as she is, even in Bridget's eyes. We would get Meghan's inner thoughts, not the outward appearance she presents, even to her sister. We would be much more inclined to believe Evan a monster, and we might even blame Bridget for Leo's incident, not knowing him in that arena at all.
I think in this case, the author definitely knew best.