Would anyone like to join me in discussing topic A? Mrs. Darwin I figure is probably not going to be able to join me on this one, new baby and all (CONGRATULATIONS DARWINS!!!! I'd cook you dinner if you didn't live so far away!).
Anyway, just wanted to say one thing about the sex scene in Pettigrew (let no sex scene go undiscussed).
I feel like the sex between Major and Mrs. Ali came out of left field. I suppose I partially expected it, but did not need the relationship to be consummated to be convinced of their affection for one another. And in fact, I thought the author was using the sex as a symbol of MRs. Ali's rejection of the fanatical religious persuasion of some of her relatives. In one conversation she is accused of turning to the dark side, and Mrs. Ali says, "Yes, I'm a fornicatinng whore" or something like that--and anyway I think that sex as a symbol of religious rejection is a card that gets overplayed.
If Mrs. Ali is going to reject her Muslim faith (and I guess it's not clear that she does), why is having sex the only tool authors seem to use to show a character's rejection of religious oppression?
ALSO, A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
Enbrethiliel is joining our group! She will post a hello one of these days, though I'm pretty sure we all know her.
So the book choosing list for the next few months goes like this:
and back to the beginning.
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