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Love, loyalty, transformation, parenthood. Which of these do you feel Little Nothing is most about?

Created: 08/09/17

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davinamw

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Love, loyalty, transformation, parenthood. Which of these do you feel Little Nothing is most about?

Love, loyalty, transformation, parenthood. Which of these do you feel Little Nothing is most about?


Posted Aug. 19, 2017 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
teachlz

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RE: Love, loyalty, transformation, parenthood. Which of these do you feel Little Nothing is most about?

I think that "Little Nothing" is about transformation. In addition, I think some of the characters want to be loved The issue of poor parenthood, or not understanding how to be a parent is involved. There are some descriptions to show one of the characters "attempts " at loyalty.


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Marcia S

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RE: Love, loyalty, transformation, parenthood. Which of these do you feel Little Nothing is most about?

If one just looks at Pavla, it is physical transformation, as she continues to physically change throughout the story. Danilo and Markus also transform— but in the ways they think and act. They also have a father/son love develop between them. Danilo "loves" Pavla, or at least the idea of her. So, the book is about both transformation and love.


Posted Aug. 20, 2017 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
nanl

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RE: Love, loyalty, transformation, parenthood. Which of these do you feel Little Nothing is most about?

Transformation. The Pavla character is obviously about transformation as her physical transformations are accompanied by character transformations. Once she is stretched, she is a different person, and clearly her wolf self is totally different again. There is also transformation in the attitudes of her parents and the community as they get to know and appreciate the original Pavla.


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renem

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RE: Love, loyalty, transformation, parenthood. Which of these do you feel Little Nothing is most about?

I agree with Nanl that the story's focus is about transformation.


Posted Aug. 21, 2017 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
skagitgrits

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RE: Love, loyalty, transformation, parenthood. Which of these do you feel Little Nothing is most about?

Transformation primarily and love secondarily. Parenthood and loyalty play a part but it's less a focus then the transformation story.


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joyces

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RE: Love, loyalty, transformation, parenthood. Which of these do you feel Little Nothing is most about?

This is all of the above and a lot more. I can honestly say there were times I almost quit it. Probably the most confusing and frustrating book I have ever read. Part fairy tale, part fantasy, heart rending, scary and then warm and fuzzy. It explores all the truly wonderful parts of family and love and then takes you to places of true inhumanity and war and lust and brutality. I kept thinking this is too gruesome, too fantastical, too coincidental, too cruel, too hard, too untethered to the world as I know it. But.... Can't just leave her there in the woods, or in prison so had to know what happens next and then it was the end I still don't know what happens next.


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melanieb

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RE: Love, loyalty, transformation, parenthood. Which of these do you feel Little Nothing is most about?

Transformation. Every major character changes throughout the book and has to quickly adapt to survive each transition. Reading the story required the same from me -- I had to adapt to Pavla's changes without losing continuity of the storyline.


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JLPen77

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RE: Love, loyalty, transformation, parenthood. Which of these do you feel Little Nothing is most about?

I think it is mainly focused on our human capacity for transformation, but that comes about mostly through love (and through suffering, sometimes brought about through misguided love). I say "mostly" because at the end, Pavla's transformation into pure spirit is less obviously about love, though maybe we could say it is her learning to love herself, in the sense of valuing herself and the precious gift of life/spirit.


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PlumGarden

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RE: Love, loyalty, transformation, parenthood. Which of these do you feel Little Nothing is most about?

I think the book is about loyalty - with many wonderful sub themes like rebirth and confronting prejudice. However, the main characters and the secondary characters ultimately tell a story of remaining true to someone (or not doing so) through struggle and loss.


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PiperUp

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RE: Love, loyalty, transformation, parenthood. Which of these do you feel Little Nothing is most about?

For me, the biggest theme was transformation. Each of the characters transforms into something they weren't when first introduced. Their lives are transformed as well as their physical and/or emotional transformations.


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pennyp

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RE: Love, loyalty, transformation, parenthood. Which of these do you feel Little Nothing is most about?

I agree with most of the others. The primary focus of the story was about transformation. Transformation of Paula and others, also transformation of ideas and beliefs. Secondarily, it was about love and connection, and lastly a bit about parenthood.


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