It wasn't until I began to read another novel that I understood the value of this novel. At first, I thought it pretentious in sections and wondered whether or not the author was presenting a treatise or if she was trying miserably to entertain me with a story. But, when I began to read another novel written in traditional style, I discovered how Barbery kept me so engaged that I continued to read the novel even though I was filled with skepticism about her talent and the novel's worth. The movement in the novel was so subtle that I was unaware of it. It was like seeing the brush strokes of a master artist.
Is there a question for conversation tucked away in these posts that I am missing? Is the discussion prompt: Everyone should read The German Idealogy?
This novel piques interest from the start with a narrative from an undisclosed character explaining to a young man that to understand Marx one should read The German Idealogy. Because the character is unidentified in the beginning conversation an air of mystery and intrigue is created and the flucuation of the conversations of the two main females continues the ambiance and flavor of the storytelling. The philosophy journeys throughout the story does eventually become overshadowed by these psychological exposes--thankfully so--and storytelling takes hold with all facets merging--like a drawstring closing a pouch. I, for one, as a reader, was totally unaware of this skillful manipulation of my interest and complained with each page turn until Mr. Kakuro came onto the scene.