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Since the "omniscient" narrator in the novel focuses on Jacob, we don't get August's point of view. His behavior is open to interpretations.



It would be fascinating if Sara Gruen wrote another version of the story from August's viewpoint. Other authors have done this in the past. In the realm of children's books, Mary Stolz did that with A Dog on Barkham Street where the main character is bullied by one of the schoolboys. Then in The Bully of Barkham Street we get the same events narrated by the bully this time and we see what caused it all. With the mood swings, I also think there were mental health issues and it seems remarkable that it was acknowledged in this time period of the late 30s.
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vivico1 wrote:
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Since the "omniscient" narrator in the novel focuses on Jacob, we don't get August's point of view. His behavior is open to interpretations.



It would be fascinating if Sara Gruen wrote another version of the story from August's viewpoint. Other authors have done this in the past. In the realm of children's books, Mary Stolz did that with A Dog on Barkham Street where the main character is bullied by one of the schoolboys. Then in The Bully of Barkham Street we get the same events narrated by the bully this time and we see what caused it all. With the mood swings, I also think there were mental health issues and it seems remarkable that it was acknowledged in this time period of the late 30s.
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Heyyy, thats not my quote lol :smileywink:. Frankly, I wouldn't want to read a story told from the inside of that guys head! Dark book!
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Re: August



vivico1 wrote:

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vivico1 wrote:
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Since the "omniscient" narrator in the novel focuses on Jacob, we don't get August's point of view. His behavior is open to interpretations.



It would be fascinating if Sara Gruen wrote another version of the story from August's viewpoint. Other authors have done this in the past. In the realm of children's books, Mary Stolz did that with A Dog on Barkham Street where the main character is bullied by one of the schoolboys. Then in The Bully of Barkham Street we get the same events narrated by the bully this time and we see what caused it all. With the mood swings, I also think there were mental health issues and it seems remarkable that it was acknowledged in this time period of the late 30s.
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Heyyy, thats not my quote lol :smileywink:. Frankly, I wouldn't want to read a story told from the inside of that guys head! Dark book!



Oops! sorry Viv. That was from IBIS's comments!
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