Scott Spencer Anne Tyler - Essay

Anne Tyler

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

At first glance, Endless Love seems likely to be a chore for the reader. Its central character is yet another adolescent boy, more or less out of tune with his parents. When we meet him, he's setting fire to his girlfriend's house. In short order he confesses to his crime and enters a posh psychiatric clinic….

But it's soon apparent that David is no ordinary adolescent. He isn't merely passing through a phase; his age is incidental. In fact, he's a full-blown tragic hero. He is obsessed by such a consuming passion for Jade Butterfield, his girlfriend, that it colors and reshapes his life—even destroys it. That so grand an emotion should strike someone too young to handle it does complicate...

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