The World So Far
Our final novel of the semester is The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. I have been waiting to read this book since we first got our book list at the beginning of the year, mostly because I remember going with my brother to Barnes and Nobles to buy it a few years ago, and I was interested in it then, but apparently not enough to read it.
So far this book is interesting with a very detailed world and people. We’re given right away a description rich in details: “Mounds of durians fill the alley in reeking piles and water tubs splash with snakehead fish and red-fin plaa.” (Bacigalupi, 1). We talked a lot about the world in class today about how realistic it feels and reads. I was thinking a little more about that, and I would also add that even though it is a little confusing right now about what’s going on because Bacigalupi is so matter of fact about everything, I really do like that, because it immerses you in the world. I might be reading something that I don’t quite understand yet, but I accept it and move on for now because of the way it’s written: “…He has been creating a library, a historical window into the City of Divine Beings, times drawn from before the calorie wars and plagues, before the Contraction.” (Bacigalupi, 62). The way that Bacigalupi writes it here shows us that it’s all in the past and everyone knows about it already, even though we as readers don’t know what’s happening yet.