03-18-2007 06:17 PM
Do you think this story has qualities that makes it more believable or unbelievable?
Did you get a kick out of Andy's little role in helping Dussander with his investments?
03-18-2007 07:06 PM
Not surprisingly, Dussander’s reference to his ex-banker’s stock advice was the only chuckle I got out of this one. For me, the placement was excellent because it came near the end. Probably laughed more than I would have because it was very unexpected by then.
03-19-2007 07:39 PM - edited 03-19-2007 07:39 PM
You read the entire story backwards, or just the last chapter first?
What an interesting idea, how did you come up with it?
In real life, Stephanie, I’m pretty tough, but when it comes to fiction, I’m a real chicken. I don’t like scary or otherwise disturbing stuff. That’s why I’d put-off reading SK’s stories before. Anyhow, yes, I read Chapter 29 then 28 then 27 then 26 then etc. all the way back to Chapter 1. The original plan was to get comfortable with what I assumed would be a happy ending and then start with Chapter 1, but when that didn’t happen, I just kept going. I’m surprised myself. I expected to stop, but didn’t.
Reverse chapter reading made the story a bit bumpy in spots, but not bad. It was kind of a George Lucas Star Wars thing where the backstory comes later. The big punch was that I got to keep Todd more innocent and vulnerable until the end. I didn’t know that Todd was the one that approached Dussander nor that Todd had found his GREAT INTEREST prior to meeting Dussander. I expected Dussander to be painted as the instigator, not the boy.
Message Edited by TeresaF on 03-19-200707:42 PM
03-22-2007 07:52 PM
I am definitely sitting right alongside you, on your side of the fence. I think we must have excessive imaginations - when I read a scary book or watch a scary movie, I think it works on me more than it does most people. I avoid scary movies altogether anymore. However, I never would have thought to leap ahead and get the scary part over with first! I love it - I'm always learning from you!
03-25-2007 08:35 AM
I think if I had read this story in the proper order, the first thing to make my skin crawl would have been Todd passionately referring to atrocities as “gooshy”. SK did a excellent job of making the harmless word “apt” haunting, too, of course.
03-25-2007 11:35 AM
03-26-2007 09:23 PM
Everytime look at the title "apt" and "rapt" are somehow combined in my thinking. Todd was both, wasn't he. He was a very disturbing(ed) boy -- I thought of my own son (only 11) and how he would react to learning all the intricate details about the holocaust. I know he would have turned the old man in to the authorities in a heartbeat.
03-26-2007 09:28 PM
Knowing how our public school system works, there isn't any way for a kid to "get over" like Todd did anymore. Think of all the child study teams, 504 plans, IEPs, registration paperwork-- shoot, they practically take a blood draw and do a DNA test around here.
I think teachers make pretty astute parents, too, perhaps a little more "in the know" than the average parent, simply because teachers are surrounded by the culture all day long.