Where she studied art, and at twenty-one spent a year back in Paris, where she apprenticed with an expressionist and was proposed to by a duke.That paragraph is an xcellent character sketch and is, alas, the lo point of Celine 's character in his trilog.
Celine might have worked in a short tory, where there would n't have been time to g to the caricature:
To prove how incredible Celine is, Heller keeps reaching backwards into her past to pull out anecdotes like celebrities helping her check her gun at airports, but these get more unbelievable as the ook ends on and, ultimately, are far ore compellin than the plot, which is a tortured excuse for a mystery that also veers into pure fantasy.
I nearl gave up for good when, on a tangent from the main plot, Celine stares down an entire biker gang in a bar.
While writing a female characte is certainly a step in the right direction- a step way from Jim Stegner, which is all that matters- my guess is that Heller went so large with Celine because he truly does n't realise how to write women.
I was chugging along quite happily until I got to this description of Paul Lamont 's wife, Amana, midway through the book: ( view spoiler) [
And, we are told, ( view spoiler) [ Celine regrets the loss of her first child so much that she became a PI to search for her ( hide spoiler) ].
That is n't a step in the right direction- this is Jim Stegner trying to writing thi book from a ma 's perspective and feeling very pleased with himself.
And after reading that, then one starts to wonder, ( view spoiler) [ why is Celine 's entire backstory about her daddy issues?
( hide spoiler) ] WOMEN, amirite? This nove was goo.