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Ordinary People Essay

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Ordinary People I want to be able to say that I loved this book, but after having read it, I wasn't all that moved. Of the opinions I have gotten from my friends about this book, I don't think I have received a single negative one. I know it is considered some sort of literary masterpiece, and in my saying I wasn't too impressed, I hope to not come across like a teenager that is unable of "˜further thinking' to reach a "˜deeper meaning'. I just couldn't feel much for these characters. Yes, I think the mom is selfish and has an inability to love, and yes, I feel badly for Conrad and Cal's situation. But as far as wanting to find out what would happen to them next, I was left with a lack of caring. Guest's style of writing and building these characters simply didn't draw me in. Due to this book's non-exciting plot, which went relatively nowhere, I think this is the sort of story that you really need to care about what the characters are feeling and going through, in order to enjoy it.In a sense I enjoyed how this novel was written. It made you enter the character's minds in a way that most books do not. That was a refreshing way to hear a story, as well as mildly confusing at times. Sometimes I just had to stop and ask myself, "Okay"¦ WHOSE thoughts are we following now?" For the most part though, it was easy to follow"¦ all but for a couple of exceptions. One being the over-abundance of characters, most of which were of little importance; over nineteen: Conrad, Calvin, Beth, Dr. Berger, Dr. Crawford, Lazenby, Stillman, Van Buren, Jeannine, Karen, Mr. Faughnan, Coach Salan, Ray Hanley, Suzanne Mosely, Howard, Ellen, Ward, Audrey, and last but not least Buck, who insisted on further confusing us by also being referred to as Jordan. Another part of Guest's style in this book which left me dizzy were the italicized dream sequences that were badly in need of a few commas. For example: (p.76) "He is perplexed vaguely angry what crumby workmanship how will he maneuver here he must crawl on his stomach scraping piles of sand toward himself he is too tired for this game would like to quit but still he keeps going wriggling past the first set of shorings before he rests again." I saw the need for at least ten commas in that passage.Throughout this novel I kept waiting for something to happen. For Conrad to come to terms with what has occurred, for him to die? Find...

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