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Subject: Re: the ending

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Date Posted: Fri, Nov 10 2006, 22:43:57 GMT
In reply to: E.C. 's message, "Re: the ending" on Tue, Aug 08 2006, 1:05:44 GMT

I believe that in the end they are reunited. After reading the book the second time, and reading some of Jamie O'Neil's thoughts here on this forum, it is clear that Jim goes on as a soldier, and at the very end of the book, as he is dieing, he sees Doyler in a dream, and for the first time he is able to catch up with the dead (ie. in previous encounters with the dead, like when he talks with his brother, he is unable to reach his brother who is walking too fast.) At the end the two souls meet, Jim reaches Doyler, and "what cheer, eh?" is like a new beginning for the two lovers. For me,they live on in the next life, because true love lives forever. That's what I believe anyway.

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Date Posted: Sat, Nov 25 2006, 19:00:55 GMT

I thought JO'N had said that he was doing a sequel...because he wanted to see whatr happened next with Jim and McM (see thread on "Next book").

Is it possible you misread the end? He can't write a sequel about Jim if he's dead....

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Date Posted: Sat, Nov 25 2006, 21:43:25 GMT

You are right, he said he was thinking of writing a sequel, and he said if he did it would be an expanded version of the last few pages of the book. It would follow the story of Jim and McM in the aftermath of Doyler's death, where Jim becomes a soldier who will always be warring on the inside and outside. But Jamie O'Neill did write in Jim's death at the very end of the book, a death that occurs years after Doyler's death. So his sequel, if it is written, would following those years in between. Sorry for the confusion, I hope this is clearer. Happy reading!

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