It’s 12:30 am and I’m emotionally compromised by the book and by outside factors but mainly by the book. But here’s something that came together in my head without really properly coming together: the theme in this book of talismans, or maybe just of of small enchanted objects.
There’s the mom carrying the key, there’s the stone and the Swiss army knife the boy keeps in his pocket, and then there’s the telegram that the dad sends at the end of the story, which the mom carries with her everywhere. And just like with the key, she checks if it’s there.
Here’s a thought, the most connected my thoughts will get: maybe it’s about having something to tie you back to reality. Because that’s another theme in this book, the constant having to check where you are, whether this is real. Because there are mirages in this book, like we talked about on Wednesday. But now, especially now towards the end, every member of the family has to come to terms with reality and to check it before themselves constantly, to see evidence of it.
So maybe the talismans are about that. About having just a small piece of evidence that the world can turn out, if not fine, just a little bit better than your worst fear of it. Or maybe there’s something else in there too that I’m not thinking about. Did I miss any? Does anyone else have thoughts on any of this?