Looking back over my comments about this very long book, I see how skillfully Thomas drew the characters‘ evolution. Hollis is a self-obsessed jerk for most of the 1600+ pages, and yet his redemption is believable and in the end you actually like him. David and Tully have similar transformations. Susan‘s growth is both the most predictable and the least well done, but her arc is still interesting, even if mostly for the other‘s reactions to her.
I‘m only 29% in on this chunkster, and the characters are growing on me, although I don‘t really like most of them. The David chapters are funny, if depressing, and I‘m liking Tilly more and more. But Susan exasperates me and Hollis infuriates me. Such a self-righteous “glass-bowl!” I didn‘t realize when I started it that it would be 1600 pages in print! One of the dangers of e-readers, I guess. 😀
So my audiobook right now is Frankenstein and the quoted book, the eBook I‘m currently reading, has an author go on a rant about how movie adaptations replace the book in people‘s minds. This is a thought I have had repeatedly when reading classics that I was first exposed to through film. Frankenstein, Dracula, The Count of Monte Cristo, War of the Worlds, etc. “A new reality has been implanted.” #booksyncronicity #rantover