Book review of Weak
Simply by Barbara Gowdy
Helpless, simply by Barbara Gowdy, was a well crafted novel which in turn kept the reader interested right until the final site. Gowdy applied descriptive terminology, suspense, and flashbacks to produce the theme that unanswered, unreciprocated, unreturned love lasts longer than like that is happy. Gowdy employed descriptive terminology well.
Descriptive language was used throughout the book multiple times. For instance , on (pg. 17) that said: " Her skin area was light…tawny. Her locks, a remarkable chromium yellow, was pulled into a ponytail of very small spiral curl, like the suspension systems in aged ballpoint pens…She searched up and down the street, as well as for a moment her gaze lands on Ron. A devious, underwater sense enveloped him. ” At the time, the reader noticed Ron adore this girl this individual knew this individual could not have. One could notice that his like for her started as soon as he saw her. Later on in the novel Ron kidnaps the lady (Rachel) as well as the reader can see his love only grow. Flashbacks were used in the novel too.
Flashbacks had been used in the novel for various times. Multiple heroes in the story had flashbacks from their past. An example of the first is on (pg. 190) exactly where it stated " Supplied he talked like Phil and called her darling, she was happy to kiss him. In Carol's tone of voice she stated ‘I like you a lot, ' in addition to Phil's voice he said he cherished her, also. He wanted he had the nerve to say it in his own tone. ” That has been a flashback from Ron when he was 11; " Carol” was 9 year old Jenny, whom he clearly had feelings for. You could appreciate then why Ron became adoringly obsessed with Rachel so quickly (she reminded him of his first love). You could get a better sense of Ron's causes and so why he had these kinds of hopeless love for Rachel. Gowdy employed dramatic paradox as well.
Remarkable irony utilized a lot through the novel. This created suspense and stored the reader involved. For example upon (pg. 164) it explained " ‘She sounded thus scared'
‘Is the tone familiar? '
‘I'm certainly not sure'