Tuesday, September 13, 2005

below are some comments about The Age of Lead:


As in Hairball, Margaret Atwood give us a deep psychological analysis of another main character of hers. In The Age of Lead we are introduced one more time to a complex story about a woman and her fight against her memories.
Jane lives in Toronto, Canada. Since she was a young woman she has never had a deep love relationship. Actually, although she’s a very good person, she seems to have difficulties with men.
That’s her mother’s inheritance. Jane has always been seen – and her mother has never hidden that from her – like “a consequence”. Jane simply was a burden her mother needed to carry because of an impulsive and unthinkable act of hers.
Thus, the girl was always prepared to avert the “consequences” so that her life wouldn’t end up as her mother’s: solitary, monotonous and without love. Her mother’s life was a perfect disaster.
About forty three years after the “consequence” had happened Jane saw in a television program an incredible discovery. A group of scientists found a frozen body in the Artic. The body kept completely enclosed in ice during a hundred and fifty years and it was almost the same as when it had been buried.
The appearance of that solitary, pale and iced body brought regards to Jane. She remembered Vincent, who could have been the love of her life, if it weren’t for the fact that all over their affair fear of “consequences” was present.
When Vincent died, about one year ago, his body seemed pale and iced. It also seemed solitary, as the body found in the Artic and as Jane’s own situation too.
So she starts looking into her entire life and asking herself about the result of a life based on the precautions and on the fear of the consequences. And unfortunately, she notices she’s a consequence of what she’s never done.

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