Thursday, August 20, 2009

What is "Wonder"?

Hi, I'm Mark Auslander, a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology. I'm interested in people's thoughts on the word "wondrous" in the novel's title. For much of the book the reader might think that "wondrous" refers to the kind of mind-bending wonder in the science fiction and fantasy books, movies and games that Oscar is so taken with. But as the novel progresses, different forms of wonder enter into our horizon, and by the end, "wonder" becomes something quite different. But just what is that new form of wonder, hinted at in the book's final lines? And what does this kind of wonder have to do with the power of writing itself?

Any thoughts?

all the best,
Mark Auslander

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