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Please comment on the  novel, The Luck of Ginger Coffey by Brian Moore, writing...

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truelov | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 10, 2013 at 8:20 PM via web

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Please comment on the  novel, The Luck of Ginger Coffey by Brian Moore, writing about Ginger,Veronica, Gerry or Paulie by using this prompt:

Sometimes when a person pursues a goal or a dream, the result is often not what was expected. Using examples from the text and your personal experiences and observations show that this statement is true or untrue.


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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 12, 2013 at 4:01 PM (Answer #1)

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In the pre-edited question, you make a reference to a "literal response" so I am not sure what you require but I hope the answers provied here and to your other question help:

The reality of the matter for Ginger Coffey in The Luck of Ginger Coffey, is inconceivable to him and he cannot accept his situation. He almost loses everything by chasing a dream that is out of his reach. Instead of setting his goals realistically, and recognizing his own strengths and weaknesses, he makes one bad decision after another. There is a future for Ginger, Veronica and Paulie but, and here the statement that the result of dreams is not what we expect is confirmed, as Ginger's future looks bleak. His wife wants a better life and his daughter is in her own world and has no real interest in her father's difficulties.

Veronica does not have the life she expected. She has waited on her husband's promises all these years and finally realizes that he is "all talk." If Ginger had been honest with her, she would have had realistic expectations and could have set her sights accordingly. Ginger's deception leads the family from one disappointment to the next.

It is not what Veronica expects - to leave her husband, return to his home in order to provide more stability for Paulie who is falling in with  "a bad crowd"and then to realize that Gerry is not the man she thought after all and maybe Ginger is - or can be.

Reality is like that. Surprises around every corner!  



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