BUT FIRST - where are all of you? There are 5 parts to the novel. So far we've had two posts about the actual story - the opening chapter and the seven. Should we make posts for each of the five sections? Do we want to discuss section by section or by subject?
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"I don't understand this at all. I don't understand any of this. Why does a story have to be socio-anything? Politics....culture...history...aren't those natural ingredients in any story, if it's told well? I mean...." He looks around, sees hostile eyes, and realizes dimly that they see this as some sort of attack. Maybe it even is. They are thinking, he realizes, that maybe there is a sexist death merchant in their midst. "I mean....can't you guys just let a story be a story?"