I will come to the perseverance of Ginny in a second, but those conclusions are not what I immediately think of. First I will divert toward my experience as I read these 26 or so pages.
This chapter flits through a huge spectrum of situations. We see Ginny zipping up, up and away from Blue on a flight to Afghanistan only to be back in New York City with 6 pages left in the chapter. Along the way she meets a Princetonian idealist writing his master’s thesis while doubling as the refugee camp driver, people from many other nationalities, and the womanizing director of camp operations. Ginny deftly steered the womanizing Rupert away from his basic instincts and into his more professional duties. Those professional duties required a response to the risks that finally struck close to home.
Whew! So fast from one thing to the next makes for quick, easy reading, but it is quite the flight. With each of these chapters, especially one like this I am puzzled. The character and situational development is so shallow how is such a book successful? Part of that vantage point is surely because I am concurrently reading Charles Dickens’ Martin Chuzzlewit. The meticulous character depth of Mr. Pecksniff and Mr. Pinch causes Ginny and Blue to pale. [Read more…]