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Date Posted: Thu, Dec 30 2004, 15:29:22 GMT
I've heard some people express this point of view, and it's a bit strange to me (not to say you've not right to express it!) because some of my absolute favorite passages come from the last hundred or so pages of the book. I think the important thing to keep in mind, as Andy mentioned, is the fact that the pace of the action specifically speeds up. Events fall on the characters unexpectedly and the language seems to reflect that. The first part is the getting-to-know you part - getting to know the characters, their minds and hearts, and the second part is seeing all those things working together in action. After all, no matter how much you feel prepared for war, say, as Doyler was, it always does come unexpectedly, like love, perhaps.
I'm not sure any of this made sense, it's just me trying to sort out the question.
And, just another small point - the end of the book, the part where everybody cries, no matter who they are - would you really want to take your time with that? I've only read it twice (even though I know other passages of the book by heart), because it's so painful. Maybe it's a good thing it feels rushed, because...well, because I wouldn't want to dwell on it, as much as I would like to dwell on the Muglins scene, or their swimming lessons, or the first part of the garden party. But this is all about personal feeling, of course. :)