Pseudoessays & Essays & Short Stories & Books by Nelson Lowhim
Love this Nelson! Another author I like has a similar issue with his book "prince of thorns". In the first chapter of this book there is a mention of raping and looting a town. His book is often discarded as the book "with all the rape". Very unfair to his work. How else would you describe "when Gods fail"? You have a man who has seemingly lost it all and is faced with an entirely new landscape and lawless society. Survival often depends on the decisions you make and in Toms case people had to die. Is he admirable? Not really but as you continue to read you will learn to understand and see the redemption that he will go through.
Great point(s) Gabe! I agree that it's a a very subjective thing (what one finds offensive) and people's past can come into it. So I understand the view, but I just wanted to point why I wrote it that way. And you're right, there's no one who would say he's admirable in the beginning. But that was the point.
Come now. Your thinking that the piece of writing, once tossed into the void is still the writer's to interpret? That flies in the face of many a literary theory. So be it, right? Wrong. It is now up to the reader to interpret what you've written. Whatever they may say (psychoanalytical or anything else) is valid criticism.
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