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| November 25, 2013 | 2 Comments

My favorite novels almost all end with a death––Gatsby, Lolita, Sound and Fury (The death comes earlier but like all time is omni-present), Absalom!  Absalom!  What great novels, really great novels, don’t end with a death?  Have we been Hameltized?  Are we hard-wired for tragedy?  Huck Finn spiritually dies after Tom Sawyer appears, only to regain his soul in the last line of the book.  Do novels need death to be serious?

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