The Aunt's Story - discussion
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I was spellbound by the densely poetic writing. It was slow reading but I wanted to linger and savour each word. So many quotable phrases and passages.
When Theodora was in Europe I became confused. I didn't know of the characters and events were real or imagined so I googled a synopsis. In the end I felt that all was partially real and partially imagined - a stream of consciousness had taken over.
My overall view? Ugly, disturbing, nihilistic and beautiful. Loved it.
In the other sections, Meroe and Holstius, the people were more down to earth and so was the language. I loved the way White sketched a character, devastatingly, in a few words.
I agree with your comments Pam. Meroe was perhaps the only section where everything was real.
So was Theodora doomed from the start? She seemed always to see and feel the world differently to other people. Do you think her life would have been different if her mother had not favoured Fanny? Or if Frank had chosen Theodora? Was Theodora a conduit for White's own view of the world? Shall look for an answer to the latter question.
Her life might have been different if her mother hadn't ignored who she was and treated her as a failure.
My review is here http://www.librarything.com/work/3939121/book/84407795