Ooooh boy did I pick I tense place to stop! I’m tempted to keep reading, but would hate to slip and discuss something that someone with more restraint might not have learned yet. I am really getting into this book now. I don’t know about for you, but at times it’s been hard for me to pick it up again. I wondered if it was the fact that it is relatively depressing… but then, I’ve read the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series, and did so withIn a few weeks… so I doubt that’s it. Either way, I’m surprised that when we began the story I was only half-heatedly reading the footnotes about Trujillo, but it turns out he is the most exciting part.
I’ll keep my questions short this week. I’d love to hear any questions that you have/comments about other things that might not be “on topic.”
Firstly, I wonder what everyone thinks of the beginning of this second part. There is no chapter, no title only the quote:
“Men are indispenciple, but Trujillo is irreplaceable. For Trujillo is not a man. He is… a cosmic force… Those who try to compare him to his ordinary contemporaries are mistaken. He belongs to… the category of those born to a special destiny. -La Nación”
The part of the book that follows is clearly written by Lola about the time at the end of her stay in Santo Domingo. Why is this passage inserted in this part of the story? Is there a reason it isn’t part of a chapter? At the end she writes, “it was only when I got on the plane that I started crying. I know this sounds ridiculous but I don’t think I really stopped until I met you” (210). Who is “you”?
She also writes that “The only way out is in,” and supposes that’s what “these stories are all about” (209). What will we discover about each character’s struggle to get out? How will each of them up going “in”? Metaphorically? Literally?
I’ve been interested in Yunior’s references to the LOTR (Lord of the Rings… though this next question isn’t for you if you don’t know that). He continually compares characters’ struggles to events in LOTR. Most recently he compares hiding women from El Jefe like hiding the Ring from Sauron (217). This makes me imagine El Jefe as the Eye of Sauron as he glides over the reception line, he lingers on Abelard, like a nervous Frodo, who is able to hide just in time so as to avoid danger. What other comparisons do you find between LOTR and our story? Do you see similarities with Beli’s story? Yunior’s? Oscar’s? If so, which characters pay a role? Is there a Frodo? Gandalf? Sam? Sauron? Or is the comparison more theological than that?
Enjoy this next week’s reading! It’s getting exciting!