Monday, April 12, 2010

The Magnificent Ambersons Pt. 3- Final Thoughts

The romance died away, thankfully, in an entertaining collapse. The books structure is one that I appreciate in almost any novel: a quick rise to the top with an extremely slow collapse that takes up the majority of the book. The idea of America's progress was left very much open for debate as well, which added to the books overall appeal. The old form sucked, but the new one is pretty awful too. A nice "everything sucks" vibe. Perfect.

I have to say that the end was just awful, though. Reconciliations based on the advice from a psychic. Eh? Something of a strange plot turn for a fairly straight forward book. It's almost as if the author couldn't figure out any reason for Eugene Morgan to forgive George Amberson. So instead of finding a natural way for the character to come around, he just has him talk to a psychic. Lazy writing, if you ask me. Sorry ending for a pretty good novel.

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