"It is love, not reason that is stronger than death."
- Thomas Mann.
seems uncomplicated at first glance, the structure
deceptively simple. Through gravitational forces that exude from
tragedy, Ms. Patchett gathers together within the same sphere the
highly incongruent Doyle and Moser families. Socio-economic barriers
between the two are thick, binding and one-sided. The space between
their homes is within walking distance, but they may as well live on
Ms. Patchett knows that society has no qualms in accepting an
Americanized caste system as a common norm when dealing with the
upper echelons of the uber-rich and celebrities. Even the
politically correct and socially conscious upper-middle class Doyle
family who are filled with moral outrage over poverty tend to ignore...
Beyond the Book
Did You Know?
Tip Doyle is an aspiring Ichthyologist.
Ichthyology is the branch of zoology that
studies fish. This includes skeletal fish,
cartilaginous fish and jawless fish.
There are at least 25,000 fish species in
existence. Each year, about 250 new species are
discovered and described.
The largest species of fish known is the
Whale Shark, which can grow to up to 50 feet
in length and can weigh 15 tons or more.
There is much debate over which is the smallest
known species of fish. One contender is the tiny
carp-like Paedocypris progenetica, that grows to