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 Post subject: Re: Re-reading is the way to go!
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:32 am 
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I did set up a timeline strictly for my edification last night. I feel like using someone else's timeline is kinda cheating. Weird I know but I don't want to read any of the dissection books until after I have finished IJ. I'm on my 4th read so I've got a pretty good grasp of what goes where but like I said in a prior post I amazed myself by picking up a new insight during the "professional conversationalist" section.

So I do have the timeline info if anyone needs it.


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 Post subject: Re: Re-reading is the way to go!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:18 am 
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The first time I read it I COMPLETELY missed the part where Hal and Don Gately are digging up Himself's head. I felt TERRIBLY inadequate when I heard it mentioned in the forums I immediately consulted to try and clear up some of the confusion.

Wait- Can anyone point me to the page/section where this happens?? I missed that, too! haha

// Jason


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 Post subject: Re: Re-reading is the way to go!
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"I think of John N. R. Wayne, who would have won this year's WhataBurger, standing watch in a mask as Donald Gately and I dig up my father's head."
It's the sentence that starts at the bottom of p. 16 and ends at the top of p. 17.


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 Post subject: Re: Re-reading is the way to go!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:09 am 
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Oh yeah, and also part of Gately's fever dream on pg.934:

"He dreams he's with a very sad kid and they're in a graveyward digging some dead guy's head up and it's really important, like Continental-Emergency important ... the sad kid is trying to scream at Gately that the important thing was buried in the guy's head and to divert the Continental Emergeny to start digging the guy's head up before it's too late, but the kid moves his mouth but nothing comes out [I guess the DMZ effects are in full swing by now], ... the sad kid holds something terraible up by the hair and makes the face of somebody shouting in panic: Too Late." Of course, if we're to take this at face value, he is dreaming of events to come."


Could this be a clue about what happens to Hal? Perhaps his finding the entertainment "too late."

Also, what ever happened to those super strong pills Pemulis got from the Antitoi shop?


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