10-31-2007 09:55 AM
What did you think about Russo's writing style?
How would you summarize Lucy & Sarah's trip to Italy?
Any lingering questions about the plot?
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10-31-2007 05:14 PM
11-01-2007 01:42 PM
Lizabet wrote: I'm confused about how I should feel about small town life according to this story. Is it a burden, a place to hide to pretend the ideal is possible?
Interesting. I recall how Lucy describes his hometown at the beginning of the book:
"Can it be that what provides for us is the very thing that poisons us?"
Consider this in relation to the how he feels by the end of the book. Has Lucy changed significantly by then? Do you think his small town life offered him any comfort or security?
(From my own experience, I know that small towns can provide that sense of being tucked away safe and sound. Yet all families have their secrets, no matter where they live...)
11-07-2007 10:40 PM
11-08-2007 11:49 AM - edited 11-09-2007 01:04 PM
paul393939 wrote: Yes, It left me feeling confused, but I kind of assumed that is was meant to, you have to decide for yourself.. like shall you stay in the comfortable surroundings of the village or go outside and risk falling into a world of sin.
I had the same general feeling.
To further the thought, though -- what do you think Lucy's life would have been like if he had taken the trip?
Do you think all of his issues would have come into the light eventually, regardless of where he was?
Message Edited by Jessica on 11-09-2007 01:04 PM
11-08-2007 06:33 PM
11-09-2007 01:04 PM
Pgibbs2341 wrote: Jessica. Correct me if I am wrong, but Lucy & Sarah never went to Italy in the book. The trip was cancelled after Lucy's "episode" in the school where he was looking at Sarah latest painting of the Bridge of Sighs. At the end of the book, they planned to go to Italy after Lucy reunited with Sarah I believe.
Oops. Bad editing! I meant to type "if they had taken the trip." Thanks!
11-10-2007 12:45 AM
Also when Lucy found Sarah's "love note" (as he called it) to Bobby and read it aloud, was I the only one who didn't think it sounded like a love note at all. She didn't admit anything in the note and really just said that she was looking forward to seeing him in Italy and that he'd better not make fun of her for getting older or heavier. I agree that there was a familiarity in the letter, but doesn't that come out of being such close friends with Bobby in high school???
11-10-2007 06:18 PM
11-10-2007 11:55 PM
I agree that the "love note" sure didn't sound like a love note to me, either. You know I kept thinking Sarah and Bobby were going to have that one great love scene, but it didn't happen--only the one kiss. Sarah said she loved 2 men when she was a senior in high school, but I felt it was more of a "smitten-ness", but to a 17-year old it would feel like love.
But Lou was so insecure that he viewed the note that way.
11-12-2007 01:11 PM
I don't think Lucy ever gets "love" as a healthy emotion. His idea of love is only what fits in his portrait of love. He is threatened by anything Sarah wants outside his "portrait" of their existence. That includes travel and reaching out to Bobby Marconi. He's not very likeable to me when the book is finally concluded.
That's a great observation.
Did anyone else get the sense that Lucy will do anything to avoid an uncomfortable situation? Sure, sometimes he has to take baby steps out of his confined world, but for the most part, I felt like his biggest risk was walking home alone that day from school in the beginning of the book (and we see how that turned out).
And back to Lizbet's thoughts, since 'love' can be both intense and fickle by nature, I'm not surprised that Lucy is apprehensive about approaching the subject ... in any form.
However, I do like Lucy at the end of the book. Or maybe it's pity. Hmmm.
11-12-2007 02:37 PM
Now, it took Sarah 40 + years to persuade Lucy to travel, but she finally convinced him to go to Italy with her. She accepted him for what he was I guess, even though she left him for a while. I think her leaving had more to do with her putting to rest her Mother's ghost than anything else though. It was partly due to Lucy and their marriage, but in the end it was about Sarah's peace of mind. She knew old predictable Lucy would take her back after she finished her pilgrimage. At the end of the book Lucy has completed his character arc. He started off as a child being timid and needy and ended up traveling and accepting of new things like the Kayla situation. He is not unlikable, just dependable.
11-12-2007 02:57 PM
Which characters here are particularly prone to getting the past and the future mixed up? Do any of the characters fully escape this way of thinking?
11-13-2007 01:30 PM
Even when Lucy had a spell while looking at Sarah's painting of the Bridge of Sighs and saw his Father, he realizes what it is. It is Big Lou's spirit. If my Father happened to be standing in my driveway one day one day and I had a full blown conversation with him, I promise you it wouldn't be a surprise. My past and present would be meeting in that perfect moment of effortless collision. People that have to leave us should be able to visit. Things would be nicer if they were more familiar. Your parents should always there to give you advice, offer you a hot meal and a hug. Everything would be better. It's simply the way it should be. People (especially people you are close to) should be around you. That's what Lucy longed for and what Russo was trying to express in his statement. They don't get the past and the present mixed up, they just long for the familiarity of the past in their heads sometimes.
01-02-2008 09:39 AM