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Did Simon ever truly care about Margie? How did you feel about his character?

Created: 06/29/13

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lisag

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Did Simon ever truly care about Margie? How did you feel about his character?

Was Simon ever genuine in his feelings for Margie or was it all based on his ego? Do you think he would ever be capable of sustaining another relationship or is he too wrapped up in the past?


Posted Jun. 29, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
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christy

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RE: Did Simon ever truly care about Margie? How did you feel about his character?

Let's just say that if Simon had a left ovary, it probably would have ached for Margie but that is about all..... His 'love' for her was much like hers for him: it felt their attraction might have been mutual feeling-sorry-for the other. It was kind of sad that way.


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markav99

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RE: Did Simon ever truly care about Margie? How did you feel about his character?

Simon "loved" Margie as a naive doll that he could dote on, as well as mold. He liked to pet her and stroke her, and be the all-knowing sage and mentor. But did he REALLY love her... in an unselfish way -no.


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RE: Did Simon ever truly care about Margie? How did you feel about his character?

Just another strange relationship in this book. It seems like another professor from a college trying to hold on to his young years by hanging out with the students that he has been hired to teach. I think he cared about Margie but finally realized he was old enough to be her dad.


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I do not believe that Simon, excluding his passion for the right of animals, was capable of true love. Had he strived to develop a relationship with his daughter or Margie with the same passion as he held for his animal
agendas, I would have like and respected him more. Simon symbolized that obstacle/ that bump on the road that we all experience which help us become the person we are destined to be. Simon reminds me of the person your parents warn to stay clear as you mature, yet you feel drawn to because of some unexplained magical power. In the end, after lessons are learned, you realize the magic is poison. I admit that I found myself immediately disliking Simon; my woman's intuition kicked in , and the mother in me wanted to scream at Margie to stay the heck away from him. As a father, Simon was failure; his daughter was nothing more to him than a magnet used to draw Margie into his web.


Posted Jun. 30, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
maxivon

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RE: Did Simon ever truly care about Margie? How did you feel about his character?

He may have been that college professor that builds up his ego with affairs with students. I didn't have the feeling that Margie was the first or the last. Some where along the way, his wife seems to have tired of him and struck out on her own. I do not understand how she could leave her child behind. I think Simon was getting tired of Margie and tired of the animal rights group, and this gave him a good excuse to eventually drop both. I think he may have been infatuated with Margie, but he never loved her.


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nancyh

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RE: Did Simon ever truly care about Margie? How did you feel about his character?

I did not like Simon. I feel he felt Margie was someone he could influence and make into someone he wanted. I think he has probably done this with other lonely students.


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rebajane

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RE: Did Simon ever truly care about Margie? How did you feel about his character?

agreed, nancyh. He was too self-centered and self-absorbed to love anyone. Unfortunately, I believe that included his daughter


Posted Jul. 12, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
carmen s

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RE: Did Simon ever truly care about Margie? How did you feel about his character?

I agree with Nancy. He was a total louse. I think he just wanted to mold Margie into what he wanted her to be and control her. He was totally selfish, it was almost like he was unable to show or even have feelings. I also found it a little strange he kept referring to her as girl almost like she was a daughter.


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rebeccar

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RE: Did Simon ever truly care about Margie? How did you feel about his character?

A friend loaned me her copy of this book after she read it for Book Browse, and Simon seemed very realistic and unlikable -older guy, fighting getting old by going after a younger woman AND choosing someone who is vulnerable. His parting words to get rid of Margie back in San Diego in the first part of the book were so cold hearted. I thought that was good writing on the part of the author. It rang true. I am so glad Margie made the "right decision" at the end.


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