Friendship and Fat and lit

Margaret Ball margaret at
Wed Feb 5 11:15:57 EST 2003

If falling in love doesn't disqualify the friendship, what about Ursula 
LeGuin's "The Beginning Place?"  The friendship between Hugh and Irena 
is shown as something real and independent of "love" - they don't stop 
being friends when he falls for Allia. And although Hugh gets more 
physically fit in the course of the book (well, you'd have to if you 
change careers from checker at a supermarket to slayer of monsters in a 
mountanous country) he is always described as heavy, bulky, to the point 
of being somewhat awkward with it.

Margaret Ball

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