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Did knowing the Amanda Knox trial outcome influence you?

Created: 10/07/13

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Posted Oct. 07, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
jills

Join Date: 10/19/11

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Did knowing the Amanda Knox trial outcome influence you?

I've been wondering whether Ms. DuBois might have adhered a little too much to the Amanda Knox trial. It seems that my friends who believed she was innocent think that Lily was also innocent...and vice versa. Do you think the book might have been more effective if there was a little LESS of the real-life Amanda parallels?


Posted Oct. 07, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
wendyf

Join Date: 05/11/11

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RE: Did knowing the Amanda Knox trial outcome influence you?

I thought about the Amanda Knox trial throughout my reading of Cartwheel. I tended to compare and contrast the stories as I went along. I believe that Amanda Knox was innocent always have. Most of the time I also thought Lilly was innocent. There were times however when Lily seemed guilty. I think the author deliberately made this ambiguous.


Posted Oct. 08, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
mariannes

Join Date: 12/17/12

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RE: Did knowing the Amanda Knox trial outcome influence you?

I didn't know much about the Knox trial, so it didn't influence me much.


Posted Oct. 09, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
raynat

Join Date: 02/29/12

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RE: Did knowing the Amanda Knox trial outcome influence you?

Even though it was on TV a lot I didn't pay a lot of attention to the trial. I really couldn't comment on Amanda Knox's trial at all so it didn't influence me at all.


I identified with Caroline since I am also an adoptive mother. Although I didn't feel anything like her. I was ready to be a mother and took it on with a positive attitude. Also I don't approve of open adoption so I wouldn't like all the people in the story to be involved in our lives.

I loaned this book to several of my friends and they just said it was O.K. I liked the book and wanted to find out how they all interacted with each other even though I wouldn't like that for my life.
Posted Oct. 10, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
lisag

Join Date: 01/12/12

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RE: Did knowing the Amanda Knox trial outcome influence you?

I think I did a decent job keeping as much of the Knox trial out of my reading as I could but I'm sure some of it was stuck in my head. I just wasn't consciously aware of it. It's difficult not to compare it, considering the drama and attention of the Knox story. It was so shocking and unusual. Plus, the international element, the differing cultures, etc., which added to the complexity.


Posted Oct. 10, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
dianec

Join Date: 03/15/12

Posts: 13

RE: Did knowing the Amanda Knox trial outcome influence you?

In a way, it did. Mostly in terms of ambiguity, how Knox's first trial was unfair, but did that mean she was innocent? The way Eduardo went about determining Lily's guilt by trusting his gut instincts helped to understand the way the Italian prosecutors were so tough on Amanda. I enjoyed identifying elements that mirrored Knox's experience, and those that were imagined by duBois.


Posted Oct. 11, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
beverlyj

Join Date: 12/22/11

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RE: Did knowing the Amanda Knox trial outcome influence you?

I did not follow the Know trial closely - did know the outcome. But this did not influence my reading of this book. What did influence me more was what I have learned over the years is how others often think of Americans, especially when in their country.


Posted Oct. 11, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
amyw

Join Date: 03/12/13

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RE: Did knowing the Amanda Knox trial outcome influence you?

I was really hoping that the author wouldn't follow the Amanda Knox outcome (guilty but then overturned). I was hoping that something would come out and she would be acquitted, or she would confess. I felt the end was rushed.


Posted Oct. 21, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
jills

Join Date: 10/19/11

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RE: Did knowing the Amanda Knox trial outcome influence you?

I rather liked the ambiguity at the ending, the sense that she could have done it, or might have done it but who knows for sure? It really worked...for me.


Posted Oct. 23, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
malindan

Join Date: 05/10/12

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RE: Did knowing the Amanda Knox trial outcome influence you?

The ambiguity at the end parallels the ambiguity of the Knox case. I felt as though this book was just a stolen story. It really bothered me.


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