It's interesting to read Garden of Shadows for the grandmother's viewpoint and to understand more where she's coming from, as much as in Flowers in the Attic as it is for this sequel. I could not put it down. Arthritis and a failed spinal surgical procedure forced her to spend most of her life on crutches or in a wheelchair. So, just when you think the kids are going to be all right - after escaping Grandmama's evil clutches - they go and find bigger and better ways to mess up their lives. It's like the most dramatic and ridiculous soap opera ever created. What Cathy really needs, post-attic, is 1 lots and lots of therapy and 2 a sensible female friend whom she trusts and pays attention to.
Admittadly I did like the movie a bit more the second time around. What might shock readers most is that there is but minuscule hesitation when entering these sexual encounters, as if life in the attic allows one to ignore the red flags. Another older man for Cathy! Really, Cathy's continuing attraction to her brother Chris, and his to her, is the least icky relationship in the whole book. I'm not trying to sound slut-shamey, because it's not about how many guys she, ahem, engages with in this book. I couldn't put these books down when I was in high school. They're on a bus destination: Anywhere But Here when their little sister Carrie becomes violently ill. The year was 1960, and it was November.
You're top of her list. I kept a deceptive parasol over my head, to keep dark doubts in my mind, and I refused to see anything that was noble and fine about him but his dancing. A train wreck for sure, but you know human nature - we can't not watch it. I wanted everything, needed everything, and I was so terribly afraid I'd never in all my life find enough to make up for what I had already lost. Because that is exactly what she needed, to be separated from all the people she trusts to get tormented by young girls.
Mix together incest, rape, car accident, evil grandmother, dismissive mother, missing father. But that wasn't their fa They were such brave children to withstand such suffering. And yet, despite her wicked ways and twisted reasoning, she is utterly bewildering. Cathy is obsessed with revenge. Upon Andrews's death in 1986, two final novels— Garden of Shadows and Fallen Hearts—were published. The other siblings also fail to recover: Chris mostly succeeds in forgiving their mother, but continues his obsession with Cathy.
Cathy is very free with her love in this. Cathy ends up sleeping with the doctor who's like 40 years older than her and then running away to become a ballerina. But it doesn't stop there. Chris is still awesome, but still strange too. How I hated Cathy, who harbored spite in her soul like some packrat hiding strings and bits of plastic trash and scraps of bread an This book is deliciously awful. During all of this stalking, by the way, Cathy's sister Carrie kills herself, and I partly blame Cathy for not paying enough attention to the sister she's supposed to be taking care of.
Chris speeds through school and attends college before entering medical school, Cathy is able to study ballet at one of the great schools in the region before moving to New York to pursue her passion full-time, while Carrie stays close to home and develops a strong connection with her new father. A deny this, as it has become clear that Cathy uses sex and allure as a weapon, even if she seeks it as a crutch. You also thought there couldn't be a meaner mother or grandmother. It was difficult and painful. And I've read three books filled with Peeta Mellark so that's saying a lot.
There comes another blow for the Dollanganger dolls, done to the point where it's almost melodramatic and too much, a little silly in its tragedy, just didn't work for me with what happens to one of them. When Cathy finds herself in an abusive relationship with a fellow dancer, Julian, Christopher and Cathy are forced to face the forbidden feelings they developed for one another while coming of age during captivity. And she has relationships with all of them! I was expecting more of a dark, sordid tale from the next book in the series. These are white kids in need, after all. It all started with the attic in the first book, but it set a series of event that would have disastrous impacts for years to come.
Your eyes burn when mine do - don't deny it! What do young girls learn from this book? The actors for the most part, look as they are described in the novels. Flowers in the Attic is more unified, more like an Aristotelian drama: it takes place nearly all in the attic, and it's all about the children's being in the attic -- what got them there, what kept them there, what they did there, the horror of being there, and how they escaped. His house becomes their new home and for the first time since being locked in the attic, they have a chance at a normal life. She knew it in the way her brother still yearned for her, in the way her guardian touched her, in the way all men looked at her. I could barely put it down.
Odio la Actitud de Cathy en ciertas ocasiones que necesitaban un poco de madurez de su parte. Such clever children to escape such terror! As Chris continues his studies, he is determined that he and his closest sister belong together, particularly when he can protect her from the evils of the world. Of course mother had to pretend they didn't exist. In a fit of confusion, Cathy chooses Julian and enters into a dictatorial relationship, all while still trying to be a dancer. Dark, shocking and spellbinding, it's a fabulous tale of forbidden love, lust, abandonment, abuse and revenge - the last one being the leading theme of this volume of Dollanganger series. One might wonder if his love and passion for Cathy does not steam - at least partly - from the fact that she is an almost mirror like reflection of their mother.