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I think characters come alive when we can connect them with our own world of experiences. One of the books that came alive for me that way was "Babbitt," by Sinclair Lewis. In my mind, Babbitt was really an analysis of my Uncle--and it helped explain some of his contradictory ways. Later, I saw it as an expose' of American character, as I connected it with other books I was reading by Lewis and others. Over time, it acquired more depth, and it was no longer only my uncle that Lewis was exposing.
Thank you, Ray. There was an Audio Book club which ran for about seven years when Local Authority funding and sets of audio books were available. It was really enjoyable and one of the most interesting things was that even if the majority had found a book dull and that it had carboard characters, there was always at least one person who had really enjoyed it.



I think the personal identification with characters is all part of our spiritual aspects of life. I use the word 'spiritual' here on purpose!! :) It is a word for all of us!

Susan

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