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Subject: March BOM Part Two
Date Posted: 3/2/2009 7:56 AM ET
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Discuss Part Two (Pages 91 - 187) here -

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 9:17 PM ET
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I'm about 30 pages away from the end of this section, and I'm liking this book more and more! I love the addition of the pagan Evleen and Huw the stud!  LOL!  I like Evleen's intuitive ways and the way she is finally becoming the female friend Grania never had.  Huw is proving to be an interesting character with a shady past, yet his desire to change and the way he is viewing this point in his life as a rebirth,  a second chance and an opportunity to become a better man for his own sake and Grania's makes me really like him and appreciate the depth of his character.  Grania too is becoming a different person - a more well-rounded person. I think Evleen and Huw are coaxing things out of her that are either long buried or never discovered.  Unfortunately, I can see that Huw and Grania's future is not going to be clear sailing (pun intended, LOL!).  I also am feeling a bit sorry for poor Tigernan and his unrequited love for Grania, although I think Grania is definitely aware of Tigernan's attraction to her. 

I'm at the part now where Evleen is filled with a sense of foreboding with Huw wanting to tame an eagle for Grania. Yet another metaphor.  He's definitely going against Grania's belief that if you love something you should set it free, and I'm afraid he's going to cause Grania's old ways of self-preservation to come back to the surface by pushing a little too hard and fast.   

ETA - Crap!  Huw's dead!  Or is he? There's no body yet?  I'm filled with hope that perhaps Huw isn't dead.  I really liked Huw! Who's the man referred to in the prologue?  Guess I'd better go keep reading!

ETA - Okay, just finished this section last night.  Love Evleen's speech on religion toward the end.  I like Evleen more and more as the sensible voice of calm and reason in a sea of more volatile characters.  Now I'm wondering about Tigernan.  Is he the man referenced in the prologue?  Is it possible he's going to set aside his religious and status reservations aside and go for Grania?  I notice one section of the book is entitled "Tigernan," so obviously he's going to continue to play a strong role in the book.



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Date Posted: 3/3/2009 5:01 PM ET
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What I liked about Huw is the role reversal he showed for Grania from the traditional male/female role in that time.  Grania is clearly not a typical woman.  In fact, she behaves in most ways like a man.  So, why not have a lover just for her own satisfaction?

I think that Evleen is a perfect female friend for Grania, as she also ignores societal conventions.  I think she can help Grania embrace her feminine side as well so she can let herself feel for a man.

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 10:46 AM ET
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I'm almost done with sections 3 &4, but since I'm not ready to read what others may have written there, I'll post this here. 

Here's an interesting thought I had today.  I noticed that the book is divided into sections by the men in Grania's life - Donal, Huw, Iron Richard, Philip and Tigernan.  Hmmm.  What do you think about that?  What do you think Grania would say about her life being broken down into time periods according to the company of men she kept?  LOL! 

I'm also starting to believe that Tigernan is the man referred to in the prologue.  The last section of the book is entitled "Tigernan," so I'm guessing Grania finally decides that Tigernan is the most suitable man for her. 



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Date Posted: 3/5/2009 12:20 PM ET
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Shelley - I had actually commented on the breakdown of the book in the posting for Parts 3 and 4.  While Grania may not like it that the periods of her life were broken out by the men she was with, you can see her growing and changing as a person with each man she is with.  To me, she expressed herself with each decision she made with men.  With Donal, she is still trying to be a traditional woman and show her loyalties to her family.  With Huw, she realizes that she is her own person.  And I won't go any further with what she is revealing about herself with the rest until you get to those sections!

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 12:39 PM ET
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Michelle - Great minds!  LOL!  Yes, you're right.  Whether she would've liked it or not, Grania went through changes correlating to each man she had a relationship (in addition to changing in reaction to the times, her own maturity, etc.).  I'm very interested to see how Grania finally ends up! I've GOT to finish section 4 today so that I can join the discussion there. So much has happened in sections 3 and 4!

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 12:54 PM ET
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Shelley - Let's give her the credit and say that the changes were in herself, but she demonstrated those changes through her relationship choices. 

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 5:29 PM ET
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That's a very good point about the names of the sections being the men in her lives. Thank you.

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 11:39 AM ET
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Finished part 2 last night- I am also thinking that Tigernan must be the man described in the prologue.  Do you think Huw might have actually been a spy for the English like Tigernan seems to suggest?  I just can't seem to stop playing "detective" lately!

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 4:25 PM ET
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I just finished this section.  I didn't like that Huw died.  I kinda liked him.  I also like Evleen.  She seems to have the ability to read Grania pretty well which is probably why they are becoming such good friends.

I don't think Huw was a spy for the english.  I can see why everyone else would have been wary of him though as he was a stranger who came out of nowhere and got close to Grania rather quickly.  I also can't believe her dad doesn't at least have an inkling that the reason for his change in relationship with his daughter might be because of something he did.

Ok back to reading now :)

 

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 10:35 AM ET
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I don't think Huw was a spy either.  After all, Grania randomely plucked him (a victim of a shipwreck) out of the ocean.  It's not like he just showed up on her doorstep.  I doubt he would've cast himself into the sea in the hope that maybe Grania would happen by on her ship!  LOL!  Then again, he could've decided to be a spy after he realized where he found himself, but I really don't think he was a spy.  I too was bummed to see him killed off!