Talk:A Summons to Memphis

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This synopsis is utterly wrong. It makes it seem as if the book doesnt end in tragedy, which it ultimately does. Notice, if you've read the book, that the language near the end is subdued, the love is not real but merely a fondness that reflects the rootlessness of their culture. None of the characters come to terms with their past. The sisters, who have lived up til now as teenagers to annoy their father, now have no meaning in life. And the narrator flees to New York without ever resolving the tensions between him and his family, the only reason he began to idealize his father is now because he seeks to cover up his feelings of animosity towards him. -MasonicLamb 18:31, 24 April 2006 (UTC)

It has been many years since I read A Summons To Memphis, but my recollection of the ending is not as dark as your characterization above. Did the narrator not return to New York in part because he recognized it was not his job to dictate the course of his father's life? His sisters were desperate, but he was not, and he did not need to be the agent of their desperation.
Note to self: must re-read this excellent book.
Saruhon (talk) 15:54, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

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