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I'm about 2/3rds of the way through and will hold my comments until I finish.
Several things struck me. Yes, the feeling of distance, of looking out through a slightly clouded window; but Nell struck me as unsure and passive most of the time...maybe passive isn't the right word. She seemed to adapt to what came her way but rarely seemed to try to take control of it. EXCEPT, that is, the moment when she rebelled against all that responsibility placed on her when her sister was a baby. Why did this not carry through...I kept expecting Nell to have a moment like this over the whole situation with Oona, Tig and the kids, but it never happened.
It's portrait of aging, of being lost also struck me. The first piece about her and Tig, the piece about her father, her mother.
I was very moved by two themes in this book:
1) aging (as did avaland) - I think this struck me hard because I've been very worrisome lately. My parents are relatively young (dad almost 51, mom almost 44), but I've been dwelling on life without them a lot lately and I'm not sure why. So reading about Nell's losses and about her own aging process was a little difficult for me to take.
2) interfering with nature - particularly with the baby lamb that Nell and Tig saved and the chicken eggs they attempted to incubate. I'm not sure why this stuck with me, but it was a shame that everytime they tried to do something, it somehow ended up being a painful experience.
One downside (slight) that I encountered: I sometimes had a hard time going back in forth between the different voices in the novel. At times it was in first person (from Nell) and other times it was third person (talking about Nell). Did anyone else notice this? Or is it just my crazy brain misreading things again?
(by the way, a little off topic, this is something like the 4th book in a row that has referenced Miss Havisham. I think it may be time to re-read Great Expectations, haha).