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Oscar and Lucinda - Did Oscar irritate you?

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One of his university 'pals?' calls him Oddbod. Well, you can't really disagree with that. Carey gives us a vivid mental picture of Oscar and certainly doesn't cast him in any heroic mould. By turns he's painful to look at and painful to be with. Perversely, perhaps, I wanted him to succeed in some worldly way which isn't the point at all I acknowledge.

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I started off with a certain amount of sympathy for him, which started to wane once he caught the gambling bug.

This morning I read the chapter where he embarks on his journey to Australia, and any sympathy I felt has been transferred, at least for the moment, to his friends and family. What a performance!

 

(I was once again made a little tearful by a brief scene with his father, this time by the gift of the caul).

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Yeah he seemed like one of those figures you would pity, that glow of red hair the pale weak body. His afflictions. The ink. Sometimes they would both annoy me, they did things that just seemed strange and caused them to be seen as outside of the society.

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