mohumbhai mania wrote:Ah, it's interesting how Nigel wants to go to Shepherd's Bush - where the Aussies and Kiwis live in London. He wants to get away, but not too far away.
And, yeah, you had a very similar take on the book that I did. It actually really haunted me for about a week or so after I read it, even though it's mostly for laughs. The happy-sad, I guess!
closet jemainiac wrote:It started out hysterical....and just gradually got sadder and more depressing to me as the chapters went on. Deano feeling abandoned and lonely, Nigel feeling trapped. Neither one of them are good for one another, but neither one has the testicular fortitude to grow up and move on. I guess it reminds me of hurtful and dysfunctional relationships I see in those around me....it really is more sad than funny how some people stay together and make themselves and each other miserable, all because they just dont want to own up to their part in it and really resolve conflict.
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but the sad dysfunction of it all stayed with me much longer than anything else. Im very interested in how this will translate to film. I tried to picture Bret as Nigel, but it never really stuck...I guess we'll see how it goes.
Oh and I always pictured Dave Fane as Gav...
biscuit wrote:Nigel came across as more weak than dumb. He almost struck me as one of those women who have been in an abusive relationship for a long time, being told that nobody else would want them and that they're dumb and can't make it on their own, that finally they believe it themselves. From the day Deano saved Nigel by beating up that other kid, he owned him, and Nigel wore the tooth as proof of his debt. Just as Nigel had found the strength to extract himself from the dysfunctional relationship he is forced to turn to Deano for help again, thus placing himself back in Dean's debt.
That's how I read it.
I was also very amused by the Norway link. Poor Jeurgen who had to travel around the world to see fiords and mountains I guess Sarkies is aware of the natural similarities between our countries, and I found it funny, but I don't reckon it is well know. Still, it worked for me
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