The Characters so far
The Gold Coast by Kim Stanley Robinson is a weird book (like many of these books we’ve been reading), but it’s still very interesting because it’s set not very far into our future and is only a possible way for how our future could have gone.
One of the things that are standing out for me right now is the range of characters that we’ve been introduced to. We have Jim, Dennis, and Abe to only name a few. Dennis and Jim are father and son and their relationship already doesn’t seem very good, “Now the kid’s gotten Lucy upset too, and he doesn’t like arguing with his son and having him tear off with that look of hurt resentment on his face: who would? But what can you do?” (Robinson 89). It’s clear that both Jim and Dennis argue often, but that Dennis doesn’t necessarily want to. He wants to have a good relationship with Jim; it’s just that Jim isn’t living up to his standards so he’s having a hard time with it.
Abe, so far, is my favorite character, even though we’ve only seen him a little bit. As far as I can tell he’s something like an EMT, but before that he fought in one of the many wars going on and he’s suffering from PTSD: “He’s putting his arm around Inez when something—the give of soft flesh?—causes the image of the injured woman to strike him. Pulled from the wreck, bent, patched, braced, bloody—Fuck” (Robinson, 54). It’s pretty clear that Abe is dealing with the aftereffects of the accident he dealt with during work, but I think that the accident is probably just piling onto everything else he saw when he fought during the war.