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Music of the Ghosts


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Which type of solitude do you think is more painful to Teera, and why?

Created: 03/27/18

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Posted Mar. 27, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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Which type of solitude do you think is more painful to Teera, and why?

When she first visits Wat Nagara, Teera panics, feeling sorrowful and isolated. "She wanted to be alone with the ghosts, to seek communion with her loved ones. Instead she came face to face with her aloneness, saw it reflected wholly, indelibly, in the engraved invocation." Of the two types of solitude mentioned here, which do you think is more painful for her and why?


Posted Apr. 03, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Carol Rainer

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RE: Which type of solitude do you think is more painful to Teera, and why?

I think that solitude she experienced during her first visit was more painful because she needed to come to some understanding of all that had happened. As the novel progresses, she begins to have answers to some of her many questions. Her relationship with Narunn was very instrumental in helping her to understand.


Posted Apr. 10, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
MarieA

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RE: Which type of solitude do you think is more painful to Teera, and why?

The solitude or aloneness Teera faces is indeed painful when she first visits Wat Nagara. She finds herself searching for truth and a sense of identify-- of belonging. Once she faces her "ghosts," she is able to move on toward a healthy, wholesome life and relationship.


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pennyp

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RE: Which type of solitude do you think is more painful to Teera, and why?

I think in the beginning the aloneness was because Terea was searching for meaning and a sense of belonging. After facing her ghosts she did move forward. There is a vast difference between being alone and being lonely.


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reene

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RE: Which type of solitude do you think is more painful to Teera, and why?

I think when Teera first arrived she was seeking solitude, where she could simply be alone and hopefully in this solitude she would remember something of her past, but instead she realized she was completely alone and was overcome by panic. As she traveled around the country and faced some of her memories she became more at ease and used her alone time to write and recall some of her past, her ghosts. Solitude is different than feeling lonely.


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