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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Reader's Diary #5: Frances Itani's Deafening (up to page 325)*



* Quick change; from now on I'll try to add the page number that I'm up to so as to avoid spoiling the story for readers not up that far.
I'm enjoying the parallel between Grania's mother and Tress. Both were not emotionally ready to help someone close to them, and both seemed to harbour some (unspoken) resentment toward those that could provide it (Mamo and Grania respectively). Again, Itani handled this gracefully. It would have been easy to villify the mother and Tress here, but instead they seem more tragic. It's this sort of exploration of complex human emotion that I look for in a book. Too bad there weren't more of these in Deafening.

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