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"Monday Mornings" Discussion: Chapters 17-24
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asta77 From: asta77 Date: April 16th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I can certainly imagine having a special needs child is tough and could put a strain on even a strong relationship. And if the book was conveying that was a factor in Tina and Mark's troubled marriage it would likely make me more sympathetic towards Tina. But we aren't getting any clear explanation as to why things are bad other than she doesn't want to be there. I feel they either should be sitting down and talking about their problems and see if they can work through them (and not when your child is in the room and forced to listen to mom and dad fighting) or admit it's over and move on. Other than her job is very important to her, I just don't get Tina at all.

Sanford strikes me as smart and likely a very good surgeon, but perhaps very ill at ease in social situations. I work with lawyers rather than doctors, but his misunderstanding Monique at her parents house rang true to me. I guess our backgrounds are influencing how we see the characters. ;)
onlyariana From: onlyariana Date: April 16th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I guess our backgrounds are influencing how we see the characters

I think that's the thing, SG is relying on us knowing "that type" to fill in the blanks on most of the characters rather than fleshing them out himself. If he's basing them on people he's known through the years (I think he's said that or something similar) he's halfway thinking that we've got the same background knowledge of them he does so their actions/motivations make sense. It's not the best kind of writing and it's the sort of thing that would have (hopefully) kept the book from getting published if he wasn't famous.

asta77 From: asta77 Date: April 16th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
It's not the best kind of writing and it's the sort of thing that would have (hopefully) kept the book from getting published if he wasn't famous.

Sooo, I'm not the only to have that thought cross their mind? ;)

I agree. SG created characters based on people he knows, but doesn't seem aware that the knowledge in his head is not coming out on the page. I can't entirely fault him for the sketchiness of the characterizations. Other people read drafts before this was published and no one pointed out to him he needed more background and detail with the characters?
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