Conrad's Fate (with spoilers)

Robyn Starkey rohina at
Mon May 16 13:26:12 EDT 2005

Spoiler space

>I'm glad someone (thanks Jennifer) has pointed out that he is only 12, as
>well: I think it may be a little unfair to castigate a child that age as an
>idiot for failing to question what his only adult "carer" has been telling
>him since he was 8.  Given that his mother is a complete non-parent and
>waste of space, so busy being a feminist that she has no time to do
>anything for the children she's produced, and his sister has escaped and
>left him in charge of all the housework, I think he's done a reasonably
>good job of bringing himself up so far, and I can't really blame him for
>taking his uncle's word for things, particularly when the other
>authority-figures in his world back his uncle up.
>He may be a bit unsympathetic, but abused children often don't sparkle very
I'd concede this point in a book written by anyone other than dwj. She 
has lots of protagonists and other characters who come from similar 
situations, and none of them is dull or thick in the way Conrad is.


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