Sunday, November 06, 2005

I think that Matt Cohen created an entire section of the book about Elizabeth's murder because it not only helps us to see what it must have been like for Carl, our main character, but because there was so much of her life that most people didn't know about until her death, and by allowing the reader to see these details, the character of Elizabeth and her entire family seems more human. If the author had decided to leave out details about her past, and her death's impact on her family, we would just think of them as fictional characters, but now we see them as people much more like ourselves.


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