10-15-2007 10:02 PM
10-18-2007 08:28 PM
However, she probably just represents ignored, unappreciated working women- together with Judy and Aurora and De Vaughn's mother (did she have a name? I can't remember.) I think on another thread someone else referred to Annabel as a "wallpaper character." Good description.
10-19-2007 12:45 PM
10-24-2007 05:22 PM
10-24-2007 11:47 PM
Charity -- you may have noted on the values thread that I am a little cynical about Annabel's altruism and whether she has her priorities straight. But then, perhaps she was forced into her choices as a self-defensive response to her husband's actions.
I see the character of Annabel as self absorbed in her own way. A bit of a workaholic whose husband's narcissism gives her time to pursue her own crusades. While her work is noble in content, she seems quite indifferent to her own family. I find the contrast between passion for her work and lack thereof at home interesting. Is her passion guilt driven in any way? I feel like we don't get enough insight into her. Certainly her noble pursuits raise an eyebrow and the initial reaction from other readers seems to be one of admiration. I'm still trying to figure out the author's purpose in creating her character. Perhaps it will be clearer as I read on.
10-25-2007 07:40 AM
I don't know enough about Annabel to make a clear assessment of her. What is clear to me by the end of the book is that she is aware of Murray's affairs (he claims to have had many), but chooses to ignore them and remain with her husband because she is the one he always comes home to at night. I have never understood why some women put up with this behavior. On the other hand, as Dr. Phil would say, it must be working for her or she wouldn't stand for it. What is not clear is how or why it is working for her. We could speculate on financial security, the ability to lead her own life as she wished, or a lack of sexual interest in Murray. Annabel is a mystery character.
Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.
10-25-2007 10:41 AM
As in Hillary and Bill, both Annabel and Murray deserve each other. They're the perfect power-couple who thrive in the rarefied atmosphere of America's social, political and literary halls of power.
"I am a part of everything that I have read."
10-25-2007 08:58 PM