The entire structure of how “Nevada” is written is much different than any of the previous works we’ve read over this semester. The only other novel I can think to compare it to would be “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe” in the way that it’s perceived and read as just a flow of thoughts onto the page. From the narration, the reader is unable to get a bigger picture of what’s going on in the story than what is usually found in most third person writing. We are only able to see into Maria’s stream of thoughts and therefore unable to see patterns in her character that she is unable to see herself, such as her “annual” abandonment of New York City. The zoom in focus into Maria’s thoughts and actions allows her to feel more “real” and “relatable”, her focus on negligible and self involved details is something that usually isn’t able to be established through a third person narrative but feels more personal.
I like Maria a lot as a character, but it’s hard not to become frustrated by her self sabotaging actions. It’s her focus towards self sabotage that I believe contributes to her inability to connect with others or to connect with her own feelings. Allowing herself to care and invest in her relationships would detract from her ability to make life more difficult from herself.
- Why do you think Maria continues to self sabotage? Do you think it’s a character flaw or something she came into the habit of in a way to cope with life?
- What are your thoughts on the stream of consciousness from Maria and it’s role in the third person narrative?