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Anyone still alive out there? Anyone?


More character background, this time for Fezzik, who has a similar-but-not-exact rhyming thing going on with his character from the movie. Groovy. We also noticeably don't get a background for the Sicilian, since he's supposed to be a) less sympathetic, and b) more dead.

One thing about Goldman's writing - he loves toying with the audience, and their/our expectations. Just a couple readings ago he was stopping mid-action to reassure the audience that the Princess doesn't get eaten by sharks at this time, and now he's going the opposite route, during the fight between the Man in Black and Fezzik. Not to mention that in Inigo's backstory he played with the expectations of Domingo being exploited by his old friend... only to turn around and have Fezzik actually be exploited by his parents, who, we are told, love him very much. (And then have THEM die in the course of about two off-handed sentences.)

And of course the Big Reveal at the end of the section, where we find out that The Man In Black = Westley. Although it's hard to tell by how he acts toward Buttercup... I mean, being pissed for supposed inconstancy is one thing, but his treatment of her goes beyond that. But it's supposed to be okay, because it's really True Love, really. Meh, ah well.


Revenge of the Schedule.

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stormfeather
Jun. 17th, 2010 09:21 am (UTC)
Double boo!
stormfeather
Jun. 17th, 2010 09:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, there is a bit of that, re: the "these funny foreign types!" vibe. I wonder if there's any particular reason he decided on Turkish, as opposed to any other nationality? Other than the fact that it's probably far away from what most of his readers know...

And it's hard to tell if it's meant on commentary on storybook "True Love," or if it's just Goldman not having a great outlook on romance and that tainting the well, since I'm getting that vibe from the book! I mean, we've got this, Buttercup's parents, Humperdinck (although granted he's not a great example of anything in the love vein), not to mention the whole introductory totally-made-up "real life" bit...

Of course Goldman seems to be good enough with words and twisting perspectives that it probably is intentional. But I'm just not sure!
khedron
Jun. 16th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
I'm alive -- but I'm at a conference in N.H. and my book is in O.H.! Boo.
stormfeather
Jun. 17th, 2010 09:25 am (UTC)
Well, boo! I mean, not that you're alive, but... you know. :p
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