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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Celeste By V.C.Andrews is just DULL

First observations. Introduction and chapter 1
The story and immediately begins telling us about the superstitions of Celeste mother. A couple new ones is that I noticed immediately within the Introduction and chapter 1 are 1) Celeste is definitely not her mother's favorite child. 2) Celeste and her brother and Noble are twins but are very different. 3) Noble seems to be her mother's favorite child yet he is not sensitive to the superstitions that plague Celeste mother. 4) the superstitious feelings visions and delusions seem to be an inherited quality from Celeste maternal family who are from Hungary 5) we are given an alternative view of the world from Celeste father who seems a very normal loving caring individual however he is not superstitious nor interested in those things.
There is a very poignant seen in this first chapter that I feel gives a foreshadowing of something coming in the future. Noble is leaning against his mother's breast and she is caressing his hair it is reminiscent of the Pieta and the death of the christ
Another foreshadowing scene is when Celeste tells how her father speaks of her mother's mother her grandmother ,his mouth up-turns in the corner and he seems to have a strange stare when recalling the woman. I feel that the scene gives the reader a sense perhaps there is something more to his recollection; not quite a dislike but something else.

Chapter 2- Daddy’s Amulet
The simple breakdown of chapter two is two fold. We are given a backstory into the relationship of Mommy and Daddy. We are given a traditional spin of simple beginnings, family fortune and inheritance. We are introduced to Sarah’s (Mommy) moral code of not wanting to appear ostentatious, not wanting to be flashy with expensive clothes and jewelry etc. She feels this disconnects people from their true selves or they lose who they really are in the pursuit of wealth. I would have to state that I think the contrary is true People reveal themselves more when they think that they are safe to do so. If you are an ass as a poor man.. you are a bigger ass as a rich man etc.
The second leg of chapter 2 is a sudden twist via tragedy. Sarah takes the children and her husband to a jeweler who helps them each, even Daddy get an amulet. This amulet’s purpose is reminiscent to religious icons of other faith traditions.. meaning it will keep one safe from harm if faithfully worn. Such is similar in the Roman Catholic tradition of wearing a scapular around the neck and under the clothes are Momon wearing undergarments with sacred symbols sewn into the garbs.  Unfortunately Daddy doesn't not believe in such things and discards his amulet at every opportunity. Well.. he ends up dead..of course. The chapter dims into darkness as Sarah walks into the night seeking to find the spirit of her husband with Celeste at the bedroom window staring into the dark night wondering…

Chapter 3- Crossing Over
Daddy has died. Mommy has no one to hold her back now from fully indoctrinating Celeste and Noble in the spiritualism and psychic world. The twice daily meditations begin. Mommy becomes more emotionally unavailable for Celeste and enabling of Noble’s inability to see truth or take responsibility The funniest part of this chapter is when Mommy explains to Noble how Daddy was a spirit inside a body. She says that it is like water in a cup.. without the water.. it is useless, and so is Daddy’s body. Noble runs off screaming.. “Daddy’s not a cup!”.  Noble claims that he is hearing Daddy and speaking with him.. we soon find this to just be a coping mechanism for Noble’s grief and in fact by the end of the chapter it is Celeste who has a real vision of her father. 

My Thoughts:

Then I put the book back on the shelf there was not enough substance in this book to keep me with it.