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24 January 2014 @ 01:46 pm
GGK Book Club: THE SUMMER TREE, ch 9-12  

The Summer Tree, Guy Gavriel Kay
The Summer Tree, Guy Gavriel Kay

The Summer Tree, Guy Gavriel Kay

You know how you have those days where you’re sure that you’ll manage to have time to do that thing so you don’t let people know that you’re not doing it that day because you’re going to have time even if it’s at the last minute, and then it’s three days later and you haven’t done it because you kept being sure you’d have time and

Yes, I thought you were familiar with that. This is why the post for chapters 9-12 is so late. I’ve caught up on the reading, but I’ve been suffering from the conviction that despite ear infections and head colds and so on and so forth that I would get my commentary *written up*.

Since it appears I’m not yet in a position to write something particularly brilliant, I will at least, once more, make a post, and let other people get to chatting, and maybe tonight I’ll be able to catch up. ;)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
kitmizkit on January 24th, 2014 04:46 pm (UTC)
Actually, I think Diarmuid is supposed to come across creepy, at least early on, and that maybe as Young Things we didn't notice just how creepy he is. Having caught up on the Sharra-in-the-garden scene--god damn. I mean, on one hand it was a magnificent seduction and I can totally understand it sweeping a 17 year old off her feet. On the other, what a jerk. Not just a jerk, but one who fairly callously risks lives to achieve his shallow, asshole objective.

I'd forgotten Paul's story happens so *early* in the trilogy. I mean, it has to, because the book is The Summer Tree, but I was--yeah. We knew so little about him when he went to the Tree that it surprised me. OTOH, I do think him being that enigma whose shame/guilt is exposed on the Tree is pretty clearly how GGK wanted us to come to his story, and I can completely see how that unwrapping is appropriate to the story structure.

I'm actually keeping a notebook to hand to take notes about where I see things I want to mention, which helps with the "want to read all at once" thing. Of course, so does an ear-infected 3 year old. @.@ :)
Mary Annepers1stence on January 24th, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
Maybe I should start keeping a notebook handy as well....both for that and for my book club books.

I had also not placed Paul's story so early, either, so it caught me a little off-guard. I would've been fine not knowing *why* Paul was so conflicted before he went to the tree; I just would've liked to have *felt* that he was conflicted. As it was, there are just some references to him being deeply sad b/c of Rachel's death, and having been ill recently.

I don't remember what the eventual point is of his seduction of Sharra, so I can't remember if it has political intent or not. If there's no big picture, it is just an asshole thing to do....for so many reasons. And even if it does have a big picture place, it's still sketchy and despicable.