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12-07-2012, 09:09 AM
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ii)He's most definitely torn between what he sees has his purpose in life and his duty (artist) and the trappings of a normal man (family). His work ethic is tremendous, he's extrememly dedicated to his trade, and feels totally compelled to create. There's undoubtedly a part of him that views his family as a diversion that has been keeping him from what he believes he's on this planet to do, but I have no doubt that he genuinely loves and is devoted to them.
I'll take your word on everything else, but I'm going to push back on this. It's one thing if he's just another Gauguin type, for whom the drive to make art leaves no attention available for anything or anyone else. I get that. It's not the choice I'd make, but I understand it. (The same was true of my previous profession, academic philosophy. It was so all-consuming that immersion in it created a immense distance in relationships. Great academic philosophers actually live like rock stars.)
But what gets me, and you'd have to read the book to get this, is how his expressions of regret for being a missing husband/dad are at the same time perfunctory and melodramatic. They're the only places in the book where I get the feeling that he's selling something.
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