04 January 2011

Sense & Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge (2011) - Initial thoughts on The Three Weissmanns

I just started reading The Three Weissmanns of Westport. I've only read three chapters so far and somehow it just strikes me as so incredibly sad, just like Sense and Sensibility. A damning portrayal of the weakness of men and the hatefulness of women, in the case of the Dashwoods, and "the old man as a fool" in the case of Joe "Josie" Weissmann and the conniving Felicity. It makes you wonder what kind of world we live in. But then again, it is the world we live in. Divorce doesn't make sense to those who don't want it, deceit is confusing to those who are basically honest, and loneliness is hard for those whose children have grown and find themselves to a large degree alone and not wanting to be dependent on someone else. Losing everything that you thought you had seems to be universal.

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