BOOK CLUB: Who showed true courage in his/her circumstance?

on Oct 04, 2009 @ 08:12 pm

I'm fascinated by the different examples we read of the characters' acts of courage (or perhaps, stupidity disguised as courage). Inside of war, with the threat of torture and death hanging over each head, did the characters exhibit courage or cop-out?

Trudy - the courage to survive, no matter the cost?
Will - the courage to hide in plain sight, and (supposedly) stick to his ideals?
Victor - the courage to seek personal gain in an elaborate and deadly scheme, with honorable intentions or not?
Reggie Arbogast - his (failed?) attempt to put country first? His final escape?
Edwina Storch - her cat-and-mouse game with Victor, and her decision to stay on the outside to (supposedly) keep tabs on the situation?
Claire - was she even courageous, and how so?

And what of Dommie and Melody? Were they victims or eyes wide shut?

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i guess trudy on Oct 08, 2009 @ 02:11 pm

I didn’t like any of the characters in the book. I cant judge any of the war time people though because I cant say what I'd do in that situation. I would say that trudy was the most couragous because she was a realist, and trying to balance everything - her lover, her bestfriend/cousin, the situation at hand… even having to sell herself to keep everyone surviving. Will's ideals were not realistic, and didn’t gain anyone anything, which is why he felt so guilty later. Victor, reggie and edwina were all just with few redeeming qualities… claire was the worst, because she was there when there was no war. It was just regular life, and she still cheated and treated her husband horribly. It was like he didn’t exist. I wasn’t a fan of this book, overall.


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