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qindeel | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted September 24, 2013 at 4:32 PM via web

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what does this sentence mean ' will undoubtedly involve massive disappointment on the part of others' In the following:

'But part of me thinks, They liked my last book. Hurray. Now we move on. That moving on will undoubtedly involve massive disappointment on the part of others. It never happens this way twice. In a way, I find that sort of freeing.'

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aszerdi | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted September 24, 2013 at 9:08 PM (Answer #2)

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This quote comes from an article written by Jennifer Egan appearing in Salon Magazine. The following is the preceding paragraph.

"I’m curious to find out what influence this will have on my writing. I won’t know until I start another book. A scenario I could easily envision is the following: I start the book, feel it’s not going well, and start to freak. My rational side says, Let’s get one thing straight. You’re going to hate the next one. The whole world’s going to hate the next one. I have no idea why this one got so much love."

She is discussing the 'dangers' of acquiring too much fame, and in this case winning a Pulitzer prize. The standard for all of her following work will be set by this book that she has just written and is a massive success. Those who expect every book to be a Pulitzer prize winner will be highly dissapointed.

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StephanieRR | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted September 24, 2013 at 7:37 PM (Answer #1)

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This person is saying that fans of the last book will be really disappointed to find that the new book won't following in the original book's footsteps, or limited to the same style as the original book, or anything like that. However, the person here is essentially saying, "Oh well. That was that book. This is this book. They'll have to deal with it."

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