New Thoughts on Words
D is for disappear as in the New York Times Best Seller novel, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn.
Nick and Amy Dunne, two out of work New York City writers, move to Nick’s childhood home in NorthNick’s mother is fatally ill.
Nick is a journalist.
Amy writes surveys or opinion questionnaires.
Example; which of the following will lead to personal happiness.
A. Caring more about others than yourself
B. Discovering a passion
C. Exercising and eating well daily
D. All of the above
Nick persuades Amy to invest the last of her Trust Fund in a business for him and his twin sister, Margo. They name the bar, “The Bar” and Nick appears a loser when Amy disappears on their wedding anniversary.
The reader knows it is a matter of time for the husband to become the prime suspect.
Gillian Flynn has written a plot driven novel that I read quickly and was reviewed favorably, but I could have put the book down easily.
“As The Washington Post proclaimed, her work ‘draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.’ Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.”
Amy’s disappearance is not as in vanish, perish or cease to exist. Her vanishing act is one of revenge and dysfunction, concocted when she discovers Nick’s infidelity. Victimized and bamboozled Amy plans to get even and does.
On the other line of a happiness survey she would write all the below;
A. If you can’t have the one you love make sure no one else can either.
B. Make everyone who hurts or disappoints you suffer for the rest of their lives.
C. Inflicting pain on others is key to personal happiness.
Gillian says “she was not a nice little girl,” and “Libraries are filled with stories on generations of brutal men, trapped in a cycle of aggression. I wanted to write about the violence of women”
“The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves — to the point of almost parodic encouragement — we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids.”
Isn’t disappearing better?